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Classic Sports Audio1987 Ohio HS Volleyball State Championship Semi-Final Game - St. Henry vs. Newark Catholic. WCSM's Dave Schmidt and Celina High VB Coach on the call of the game. This was the first ever radio broadcast of a state volleyball game.
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Bertke Shines In Pittsburgh Spring Scrimmage Game
3-28-15 - Marion Local Grad Adam Bertke had a good day in the Pittsburgh Spring Scrimmage Game. Bertke was 15 of 29 passing for 218 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.
Post game comment from Head Coach Pat Narduzzi on Bertke:
"[Adam] Bertke had a nice day today too. It's good to see our backup quarterback, he's getting meaningful reps with the [second team] and might have thrown for a couple hundred yards really."
Post-Practice Video Interview with Coach Pat Narduzzi
Private Schools The Reason For Low Attendance At State Basketball Tournaments?EDITOR's Note: After contacting the Commissioner below about the Tweets on this issue, he replied with a "No Comment" and now we are blocked from viewing his Twitter account. Also note; that all related Tweets on this subject were deleted as well from his account.
An Ohio High School Athletic Conference Commissioner has some concerns about the Boys basketball tournament attendance on Thursday.
UPDATED: 3-28-15We have placed the conversation that took place on Twitter, thanks to our confirmations we found from Twitter sent to our email. Three Twitter accounts are involved. Two will not be listed using their actual handles.
@XXXXXXXX - A HS Athletic Conference Commissioner @3rd party - Person who was involved in conversation @StateSportsNetTop line Twitter handle is who tweeted the comment
This tweet appeared yesterday after attendance figures started to come in from the D IV contests.
@XXXXXXXX "Attendance at the OHSAA Boys State Tournament will suffer this weekend due to 8 private schools and weather." @StateSportsNet @XXXXXXXX not a big fan of privates? @XXXXXXXX @StateSportsNet Didn't say that. They just don't have the community support that public schools tend to have. @StateSportsNet @XXXXXXXX saw the attendance figures, I know one state who would take the #'s I saw today...not bad for a Thurs starting at 1045am @XXXXXXXX @StateSportsNet Numbers are not good compared to historical averages. 10k seems to be the benchmark. @3rd party @StateSportsNet @XXXXXXXX bad matchups or not big followings for those schools? @XXXXXXXX @3rd party @StateSportsNet One private in each game, no real community support for them. Makes a huge difference. Keep an eye on DIII. @StateSportsNet @@XXXXXXXX @3rd party so (your private school) doesn't travel well in the (league)? @XXXXXXXX @StateSportsNet @3rd party They sure do, not the same. (our private school) would travel well to state. Larger cities with privates don't support. @StateSportsNet @XXXXXXXX we are working on a story based on your comments about this issue - you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org @XXXXXXXX @StateSportsNet No comment!
Thursday 3-26-15 OHSAA Boys Basketball Attendance Figures
D IV 7,984 - Wayne Trace vs. Harvest Prep 8,832 - Tri-Village vs. Tuscarawas Central Catholic D III 7,659 - Villa Angela-St. Joseph vs. Eastmoor Academy 8,284 - Lima Central Catholic vs. Dayton Chaminade JulienneThis morning this information popped up as well with the concern:
OHSAA State Boys Basketball Tournament Thursday attendance over the past 5 years
(Tweet from Commissioner(@XXXXXXXX) mentioned in this story)
2011-42,000 2012-41,748 2013-42,112 2014-36,172 2015-32,759
Material below added to this story after publication and completed by Stateline Sports Network
Friday 3-27-15 OHSAA Boys Basketball Attendance Figures
D II 8,732 - Cleveland Central Catholic vs. Columbus Walnut Ridge 10,629 - Defiance vs. Dayton Dunbar D I 9,877 - Garfield Heights vs. Westerville South 9,294 - Lakewood St. Edward vs. Huber Heights Wayne Friday Total (4 games) 2015-38,532 2014-43,173
2014 Saturday State Finals
D1- 14,234 - Lakewood St. Edward vs Upper Arlington D2- 14,642 - Norwalk vs Columbus Bishop Watterson D3- 9,908 - Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph vs Lima Central Catholic D4- 11,556 - Convoy Crestview vs Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas
2015 Saturday State Finals
D1- 10,664 - Huber Heights Wayne vs. Westerville South D2- 9,914 - Defiance vs. Cleveland Central Catholic D3- 10,407 - Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph vs Lima Central Catholic D4- 9,794 - New Madison Tri-Village vs Canal Winchester Harvest Prep2014 - Saturday Night Total - 50,340
2015 - Saturday Night Total - 40,779
The figures speak for themselves for the lower attendance figures since 2011, but is this the main cause, Private Schools?
According to the OHSAA web site:
State Semifinals & Finals, All Divisions Combined
1. 2003, Value City Arena, Columbus—198,686 2. 2002, Value City Arena, Columbus—180,873 3. 2004, Value City Arena, Columbus—177,955 4. 2001, Value City Arena, Columbus—177,660 5. 2007, Value City Arena, Columbus—175,413 *. 2014, Value City Arena, Columbus—129,122 *. 2015, Value City Arena, Columbus—112,070
Single Game, Semifinal or Final
1. 2003, Value City Arena, —18,541 (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. Kettering Archbishop Alter) 2. 2003, Value City Arena, —18,504 (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. Canton South) 3. 2002, Value City Arena, —18,375 (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. St. Bernard Roger Bacon) 4. 2002, Value City Arena, Columbus—18,371 (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. Poland Seminary) 5. 2005, Value City Arena, Columbus—18,229 (Upper Sandusky vs. Wooster Triway)
AMFY Waves Zone Qualifiers for 2015
Wave swimmers who qualified at the 2015 Great Lakes Zone Championships at Oakland University in Rochester Michigan on March 20 - 22, 2015
Top Row: Abbey Marshal, Lexi Fliehman, Nikki Borgerding, Amanda Slechter, Wesley Rudebusch, Grant Guggenbiller, Pierce McGowan
2nd Row: Keaton McMurray, Claire Borgerding, Courtney Prenger, Madeline Magoto, Danielle Slechter, Julia Beyke, Kenzie Conn, Cole Condon. Justin Fleagle
3rd row: Kyle Lucas, Kennedy Newell, Emma Watcke, Claire Gass, Macy May, Danielle Eilerman, Kylie Niekamp, Grace Gabes, Zoe Rolfes, Grant Beair
Floor: Griffin Luebke, Dan Watcke, Lucas Stammen, John Hartings, Isaiah Watson
Missing: Jared Fleagle and Derrick Spitler
2015 All-Mercer County Boys and Girls Basketball Teams NamedMercer County Outlook and Stateline Sports Network
Parkway Tanner BatesPhoto thanks to Times-Bulletin (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
Ryan Mikesell - St. Henry, 6'7 Senior Ryan Hoyng - Celina, 6'3 Senior Ryan Bruns - Marion Local, 6'7 Senior Micaiah Cox - Fort Recovery, Sophomore Tanner Bates - Parkway, 5'9 Senior
Allie Thobe - Marion Local 5'7 Senior Heather Heiby - Celina, 5'6 Junior Ellie Stammen - St. Henry, 5'9 Junior Brooke Welsch - Coldwater, 5'10 Senior Kendra Siefring - Fort Recovery, 6'2 Junior
2015 WBL Swimming & Diving Championships
Boys1. Wapakoneta 346, 2. Shawnee 252, 3. Celina 221, 4. Ottawa-Glandorf 202, 5. Van Wert 98, 6. Defiance 58, 7. Elida 55, 8. Kenton 50, 9. Bath 33, 10. St.. Marys 27
Girls 1. Wapakoneta 325, 2. Ottawa-Glandorf 270, 3. Celina 198, 4. Kenton 149, 5. Shawnee 252, 6. St.. Marys 94, 7. Defiance 66, 8. Van Wert 56, 9. Elida 36, 10. Bath 26
WBL Boys Individual Champions200 Yard Medley Relay: Wapakoneta (Michael Johnston/Wesley Ruedebusch/Ryan Schneider/Charlie Sutton)
200 Yard Freestyle: Jared Fleagle, Celina
200 Yard IM: Michael Johnston, Wapakoneta
50 Yard Freestyle: Charlie Sutton, Wapakoneta
1 mtr Diving: Chandler Kimmel, Celina
100 Yard Butterfly: Jared Fleagle, Celina
100 Yard Freestyle: Charlie Sutton, Wapakoneta (New WBL Record – 48.89)
500 Yard Freestyle: Luke Kleman, Ottawa-Glandorf
200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Wapakoneta (Wesley Ruedebusch/Michael Johnston/Michael Zwez/Charlie Sutton)
100 Yard Backstroke: Michael Johnston, Wapakoneta
100 Yard Breaststroke: Hayden Metzger, Wapakoneta
400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Shawnee (Chris Soules/Trey Briggs/Noah Curl/Joey Ellis)
WBL Girls Individual Champions200 Yard Medley Relay: Ottawa Glandorf (Kathryn Samuelson/Brooke Kleman/Michaela Nordhaus/Briana Fenbert)
200 Yard Freestyle: Aleah Hixenbaugh, Shawnee
200 Yard IM: Amanda Slechter, Celina
50 Yard Freestyle: Josie Miller, Wapakoneta
1 mtr Diving: Sawyer Weitzel, Celina (New WBL Record – 446.70)
100 Yard Butterfly: Josie Miller, Wapakoneta
100 Yard Freestyle: Sierra Sammons, Wapakoneta
500 Yard Freestyle: Aleah Hixenbaugh, Shawnee
200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Wapakoneta (Josie Miller/Sierra Sammons/Jordyn Law/Abbi Gesler)
100 Yard Backstroke: Kathryn Samuelson, Ottawa-Glandorf
100 Yard Breaststroke: Mo Gray, Kenton (New WBL Record – 1:08.11)
400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Wapakoneta (Josie Miller/Sierra Sammons/Jordyn Law/Taylor Hager)
Celina's Tim Hamen To Be Inducted Into University of Findlay’s Athletic Hall of Fame
Photo Courtesy Of University of Findlay
The University of Findlay’s Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six former student athletes during a brunch to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.
Tim Hamen earned four letters in basketball at Findlay while twice serving as team captain. Hamen’s leadership is evidenced by his balance of 1,420 career points, eighteenth all-time at UF, and his 471 assists, third all-time for the Oilers. He was named Second Team All-Mid-Ohio Conference and honorable mention All-Great Lakes Region in 1994-95. In 1995-96, Hamen was named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I honorable mention All-America, First Team All-Mid-Ohio Conference, and First Team All-Great Lakes Region. He earned honorable mention All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honors in 1998-99.
Hamen was an accomplished student-athlete, receiving the Dana Scholar Award for Business in 1998 and earning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Academic All-America honors for 1998-99. The talented left-handed point guard lost a season to injury, but returned to complete four banner seasons. The Oilers posted an 85-36 record during Hamen’s career, including two appearances in the NAIA Division I national tournament, going 2-2. While he was a junior, the Oilers won the South Division during their inaugural season in the GLIAC.
Hamen can attribute his fine career to his philosophy, “It’s not the success that an athlete experiences but rather the challenges, the failures and the adversity that makes participating in sports so valuable.”
A technology project manager for Fidelity Information Systems in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hamen has also served as an independent consultant on technology initiatives in the financial services industry. He and his wife of eight years, Mishawna, reside in Indianapolis.
State Representative Jim Buchy Comments On Native American Mascot Issue
Photo Provided By Mr. Buchy's Office(9-10-14) We requested a comment from State Representative Jim Buchy of Ohio's 84th House District on the Native American Mascot Issue. Ohio is reported to have the most High Schools represented with Native American mascots and logos.
Mr. Buchy replied in an email to us:
"In West Central Ohio we are lucky to have some of the best schools in the state, and year in and year out, we seem to always have several sports teams that win state championships. The effort of our athletes to succeed is a testament to the struggles and triumphs of Native Americans as they fought for the Northwest Territory. The Native Americans are such a part of the history in our area; it is fitting that our local athletes continue to pay tribute to that heritage."
The issue has intensified across the US with the recent battle between the NFL's Washington franchise and Native American groups looking to have the team change it's mascot.
National leaders are asking for a change as well, while across the US media sources will discontinue using the mascot "Redskins" when talking about the Washington team.
There are three area school's that have the same mascot as Washington, including; St. Henry, Wapakoneta and Ft. Loramie to name three.
This past week Colorado lawmakers will be considering a bill that could force local high schools to change their mascots.
According to the bill:
Schools that use nicknames based on Native American names or imagery must seek tribes’ permission or lose funding under a bill proposed by a Colorado lawmaker.
1989 Celina Bulldog Football VIDEO Highlights
25 Years Ago
Interview with Bob Moosbrugger
"Mythical" MAC All Sports Award Champion Named
Disclaimer"Information below was not provided by the MAC or any member school. The WBL All Sports Trophy formula was used and was applied to the MAC results and standings.
Thanks to Robb Hemmelgarn, the "guru" of sports past and present in the MAC, who is responsible for these calculations and hard work in compiling them. Robb does a great job being the unofficial "historian" of one of the top conferences in the state of Ohio. We appreciate that he shared them with us, to share with you.
Congratulations to the Minster Wildcats on winning this year's "mythical" award.
MAC All Sports Award
1. Minster 94 2. Versailles 88 3. St. Henry 81 4. Coldwater 77 5. Marion Local 70 6. New Bremen 58 7. Parkway 40 8. Fort Rec, DSJ 36 10. New Knoxville 30 11. Anna 5
Celina Wraps Up Another WBL All Sports Trophy(5-21-14) - Celina will win the 2013-14 WBL All Sports Trophy and 16th overall. Celina has won the trophy eight times since the 2001-2002 school year, Shawnee won the other five awards during that time span.
Celina went into the Spring sports with 100 points and Wapakoneta 12 points back with 88.
Celina won two titles during the Spring - Boys Tennis and Girls Golf. The Bulldogs also picked up a second place finish in Girls Track. Also; Baseball was 7th and Softball 5th.
Wapakonta spring standings -
Baseball - 4th Softball - tied for 2nd Boys Tennis - 9th Boys Track - 5th Girls Track - 7th
ReferenceWBL All Sports Standings
New Bremen To Remain In MAC
(2-5-14) - Statement from New Bremen Superintendent Howard OvermanAfter much discussion and weighing other options the New Bremen Schools will remain affiliated with Midwest Athletic Conference for all sanctioned sports. The number of football players is down due to smaller class sizes, but should be adequate to fulfill the conference obligations. The community and school have rallied around the team and will support their competitive efforts in the MAC.
CLICK HERE - Cardinals are only MAC school without a state title, Community/Admins deciding fate of footballMore stories on the page below.
Four Named To Celina Hall of Fame
Jack Clouse, Jerry Harris and Ryan Beckstedt (not pictured Tim Homan)
1-18-14 - Four new members were added to the Celina Bulldog Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Celina on Saturday night.
Named to the HOF were Football Coach Jerry Harris and Girls Basketball Coach Jack Clouse. Two former great basketball players were also added in Ryan Beckstedt and Tim Homan (not in attendance due to a family emergency).
Photos courtesy of Kendra Stetler
MAC Commissioner Comments On New Bremen SituationThe Midwest Athletic Conference Constitution and By-Laws include an article which prohibits member schools from picking and choosing which sports they participate in, within the Conference. It is rather clear; if you have a varsity sports program, in a sport recognized as a Midwest Athletic Conference sport, your team must participate in the Conference in that sport.
Disregarding this article would cause chaos within the Conference for scheduling purposes. Without it, member school would be able to pick and choose which Conference sports they wish to participate. It would be impossible, in that environment, to set long-term Conference schedules for any sport.
The administration and residents of the New Bremen School District are proud charter members of the Midwest Athletic Conference, and this is a tough situation for them; a situation none of them want to be in. Rest assured; the Midwest Athletic Conference is working towards assisting New Bremen High School through this difficult time. Proposals have been, and will continue to be, composed, with the goal being a long-term resolution that all Midwest Athletic Conference member schools can support. There isn't an easy solution for this issue, if there was, it would have already been put in place.
I ask for patience and understanding as New Bremen High School, and we, as a Conference, continue to explore possible resolutions for this situation. Conjecture and rumors will not solve this problem.
There is one additional issue I would like to address. In the fall of 2005, Anna High School was asked, and agreed, to join the Midwest Athletic Conference as a “football only” participant. The decision to add Anna High School as a “football only” participant solved the Midwest Athletic Conference issue of rotating a “non-conference” game, week two through week ten. It was very difficult for Conference teams to find a “non-conference” game in week four through week ten, when all other conferences are playing their conference schedules.
This is a completely separate issue, and needs to be thought of as Anna High School taking New Knoxville High School’s place in the football portion of Midwest Athletic Conference schedule. Anna High School has never been “formally” invited to be a full member of the Midwest Athletic Conference. The circumstance wasn’t that Anna High School selected which sport they chose to compete as a Conference member, they were simply invited, and accepted, as a “football only” participant, by the Midwest Athletic Conference member schools.
Don Kemper, Commissioner Midwest Athletic Conference
UPDATE: New Bremen Community Meeting On Athletics
Audio link from WCSM, Celina
1-16-14- email reply to our request on last night's meeting
There was a community meeting held in New Bremen last evening to discuss the athletic departments options due to the low numbers in the football program. The goal of the meeting was to give the community the facts, options and voice their concerns and questions of the situation. We will now take the information received to make the best decision for our students now and in the future. Our goal is to continue varsity football in the MAC.
Howard Overman, Superintendent New Bremen Schools1-15-14 - Some information and thoughts that came out of tonight's meeting in New Bremen discussing the future of football and athletic membership.
Midwest Athletic Conference has informed New Bremen schools that they will not be allowed to leave for football only, could lose MAC membership for all other sports.
Recruitment of players will be a key if the Cardinals continue with varsity football in the future. If it is decided not to field a varsity team, school officials will consider a JV schedule and will pay MAC schools for gate receipt and concessions lost in revenue.
NOTE: Waiting for New Bremen and MAC officials to issue official statements.
New Bremen Superintendent Howard Overman Comments On Meeting
Audio link from WCSM, Celina
Not Everybody Has Had Success In MAC Football
How will the MAC handle the problem1-13-14 - This Wednesday night the community of New Bremen will meet to discuss it's football program for the future. Over the last several years the program has gone through some very "tough" seasons. The MAC is considered by many the top small school conference in Ohio and has had great success in the state football play-offs -
Year POS MAC Overall 2013 8. Parkway 2-6 3-7 2012 10. Parkway 0-8 0-10 2011 7. Parkway 2-6 3-7 2010 9. Parkway 1-7 2-8 2009 9. Parkway 1-7 1-9 2008 7. Parkway 2-6 4-6 2007 3. Parkway 7-2 8-2 2006 8. Parkway 2-7 2-8 2005 7. Parkway 2-6 MAC Football Titles (3): 1975, 1974, 1973 Seasons Win Loss 41 81 195 Year POS MAC Overall 2013 9. Ft. Recovery 1-7 3-7 2012 Ft. Recovery 1-7 3-7 2011 7. Ft. Recovery 2-6 4-6 2010 10. Ft. Recovery 0-8 2-8 2009 8. Ft. Recovery 2-6 3-7 2008 9. Ft. Recovery 1-7 3-7 2007 6. Ft. Recovery 4-5 5-5 2006 10. Fort Recovery 0-9 0-10 2005 8. Ft. Recovery 1-7 1-9 MAC Football Titles (0): Seasons Win Loss 19 18 124In comparison - 2 newest MAC Members-
Anna MAC Football Titles (0): Seasons Win Loss 8 37 21 Versailles MAC Football Titles (1): 2003 Seasons Win Loss 13 54 44Several years ago Ft. Recovery asked for some considerations to help with the situation, although never made public, they were denied that rquest. The future make-up of MAC football membership might be decided in one small step this Wednesday (Jan 15) in New Bremen. Dropping football or facing numbers issues like this is becoming more and more common. This past year Hardin Northern decided just before the season started that they would not play a varsity football schedule. This left 10 schools searching at the last the moment to fill open dates. The Blanchard Valley Conference than decided to "exclude" HN from playing in the conference for the next two years.
Hardin Northern Backgroundupdated 8-3-13
The success of the other MAC members have put three members in a situation of looking for answers for the future. The BVC found out the hard way and was caught in the middle of the mess. The MAC is next up to face the issue of a member school looking at football for the future, New Bremen's problem now becomes a MAC problem.
Solutions are out there, it will be interesting to see how the conference members handle the problem. One question, should New Bremen actually cut the football program, what will Ft. Recovery and Parkway do next? Better to deal with the situation now, than to be caught off-guard.
New Bremen To Consider Football FutureUPDATE - 1-13-14 - "Midwest Athletic Conference declined comment on the situation."
1-11-14 - Football was discussed at a recent New Bremen Board of Education meeting. This week according to a posting on the New Bremen Schools web site the following resulted -
Community Meeting About AthleticsNew Bremen High School will host a community meeting on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00PM in the Commons Area to discuss the status of our athletic programs, with the main focus on our football program. All New Bremen community members are invited to attend.
The Cardinals had an 0-8 season in the Midwest Athletic Conference and went 0-10 overall in 2013. In 41 seasons as a member of the MAC they have one shared football title in 1988.
NOTE - We have emails into school officials on what the meeting is hoping to decide. We will update this story when we receive those replies
MAC Football Standings
Postion MAC Overall 2013 10. New Bremen 0-8 0-10 2012 8. New Bremen 2-6 2-8 2011 10. New Bremen 0-8 0-10 2010 7. New Bremen 2-6 2-8 2009 5. New Bremen 4-4 5-5 2008 7. New Bremen 2-6 3-7 2007 7. New Bremen 2-7 2-8 2006 9. New Bremen 1-8 1-9 2005 9. New Bremen 0-8 0-10
MAC Championships-MAC Outright Champs-MAC Co-Champs-Seasons 1 0 1 41 Win Loss Tie % 76 206 1 0.276
1991 Ohio High School Regional Championship basketball game. Last second shot by Jill Froning for unranked Celina wins the game over Ohio's #1 rated Pickerington (were also rated in USA Today Top 5)...Celina went on to win the Ohio D1 State Championsip game. Game was played at Bellefontaine HS, Dave Schmidt doing the play-by-by for Celina Cable TV.