Tom Usher

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DELPHOS — It's almost a 10-mile straight shot from Elida to Delphos.
So one might think that Elida has a rich history of football with Delphos St. John's.
But that's not the case.
Going back to 1931, the teams have only met 11 times. Elida leads the series, 8-3.
And before last year's St. Johns-Elida game, St. John's hadn't played Elida s

St. John's against Elida a quality match-up

DELPHOS — It's almost a 10-mile straight shot from Elida to Delphos. So one might think that Elida has a rich history of football with Delphos St. John's. But that's not the case. Going back to 1931, the teams have only met 11 times. Elida leads the series, 8-3. And before last year's St. Johns-Elida game, St. John's hadn't played Elida s

Cory-Rawson

CORY-RAWSON DIVISON: VII COACH: Nate Westenbarger SEASONS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: First season RETURNING LETTERMEN: 8 RETURNING STARTERS: Ryan Forney (Sr.), Ian Moser (Sr.), Zach Ream (Jr.), Skyler Arnett (Jr.), Trevor Snyder (Jr.), Jadyn Hall (Jr.), Matthew Kellogg (Jr,) Mason Warnimont (Soph.), Garrett Kisseberth (Soph.), Brodie Boone (Soph.), Br

Upper Scioto Valley

UPPER SCIOTO VALLEYDIVISION: VIICOACH: Josh SpencerSEASONS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 2, 5-15LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 4-6RETURNING LETTERMEN: George Baker (Sr), Wyatt Bischoff (Sr), Zack Risner (Sr), Spencer Holbrook (Sr), Lane Hurley (Sr), Dylan Luhta (Sr), Braden Rostorfer (Sr), Conner Shirk (Sr), Grant Crawford (Jr), Austin Sloan (So).KEY NEWCOMERS: Troy Fre

Ridgemont

RIDGEMONT DIVISION: VII COACH: Mike Eversole SEASONS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 3rd, 7-13 RETURNING LETTERMENT: 24 RETURNING STARTERS: Justice McGue (Sr.), Ryan Johnson (Sr.), Trevor Sparks (Sr.), Corey Eversole (Jr.), Cole Weyant (Jr.), Levi Allen (Jr.), Cameron Smith (Soph.), Cade McKinley (Soph.), Trenton Sparks (Soph.), Nathan Stacklin (Soph.) KE

Defiance

DEFIANCEDIVISION: IICOACH: Jerry ButiSEASONS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 24, 163-93LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 6-5RETURNING LETTERMEN: Savontre Vaughn (Sr, OL/DL), Wes Detter (Sr, WR/DB), Damian Elford (Sr, WR/DB), Jake Meyer (Jr, WR/DB), Zack Morris (Sr, OT/DL), Zach Buhrer (Sr, WR/DB).OFFENSE: Boot/SpreadDEFENSE: Multiple Front 5-3SEASON OUTLOOK: Defiance has los

JUNIEL LILES
(5-7, 170, Senior)
Lima Senior 
Running back
The Lima Senior offense was remodeled last year to feature a wide-open passing game. But it was the running ability of Liles that was at the heart of it all.
Liles ran for 1,478 yards on 227 carries with 18 TDs. He also caught 18 passes for 204 yards and three TDs. His explosive ability

Top 10 Players to Watch in 2014

JUNIEL LILES (5-7, 170, Senior) Lima Senior Running back The Lima Senior offense was remodeled last year to feature a wide-open passing game. But it was the running ability of Liles that was at the heart of it all. Liles ran for 1,478 yards on 227 carries with 18 TDs. He also caught 18 passes for 204 yards and three TDs. His explosive ability

10. Which team will change its offensive approach this year?
Delphos St. John's graduated tailback Tyler Jettinghoff and fullback Luke MacLennan, along with several offensive linemen. Coach Todd Schulte will go away from the power-I and power sweep and go with a one-back, option approach. It will be hard to imagine the Blue Jays without their favo

2014 Guide to area football

10. Which team will change its offensive approach this year? Delphos St. John's graduated tailback Tyler Jettinghoff and fullback Luke MacLennan, along with several offensive linemen. Coach Todd Schulte will go away from the power-I and power sweep and go with a one-back, option approach. It will be hard to imagine the Blue Jays without their favo

CONVOY – Crestview traveled to a new frontier last season.
For the first time the Knights reached the second round of the playoffs.
Crestview is aiming for more this season.
And why not?
The Knights return nine starters on offense and nine more on defense from a squad that went 9-3 (6-1 Northwest Conference tri-champions).
Crestview knoc

Big things possible for Knights

CONVOY – Crestview traveled to a new frontier last season. For the first time the Knights reached the second round of the playoffs. Crestview is aiming for more this season. And why not? The Knights return nine starters on offense and nine more on defense from a squad that went 9-3 (6-1 Northwest Conference tri-champions). Crestview knoc

DELPHOS – For years, Delphos St. John's would run the power sweep. Then, it would run it some more.
And with running backs like tailback Tyler Jettinghoff and fullback Luke MacLennan, why not?
Jettinghoff ran for 1,620 yards last year with 29 TDs. MacLennan ran for 908 yards and seven TDs.
Both have graduated.
So, at least for this year,

St. John's: Power out, option in

DELPHOS – For years, Delphos St. John's would run the power sweep. Then, it would run it some more. And with running backs like tailback Tyler Jettinghoff and fullback Luke MacLennan, why not? Jettinghoff ran for 1,620 yards last year with 29 TDs. MacLennan ran for 908 yards and seven TDs. Both have graduated. So, at least for this year,

BATH TOWNSHIP – Bill Garland pulled a roster off the printer and placed it in the center of his desk. The sheet was dotted with a number of asterisks, indicating veteran players.
This year's Wildcats' team will be loaded with experience. In all, they return seven starters on offense and nine starters on defense from a team that went 4-6 (4-5

Bath brings experience to Garland's second year

BATH TOWNSHIP – Bill Garland pulled a roster off the printer and placed it in the center of his desk. The sheet was dotted with a number of asterisks, indicating veteran players. This year's Wildcats' team will be loaded with experience. In all, they return seven starters on offense and nine starters on defense from a team that went 4-6 (4-5

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Steve Owen has been around the Shawnee football program for as long as he can remember.
He grew up around Shawnee when his dad, Dave, was the longtime trainer. He played at Shawnee, then Bluffton University and was an assistant coach at Shawnee for 20 years.
Now he wants to pull the program back in the right direction.
S

Shawnee looks to turn corner

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Steve Owen has been around the Shawnee football program for as long as he can remember. He grew up around Shawnee when his dad, Dave, was the longtime trainer. He played at Shawnee, then Bluffton University and was an assistant coach at Shawnee for 20 years. Now he wants to pull the program back in the right direction. S

DENVER — Drew Stubbs had a hunch a curveball was coming, and he got all of it when it hung over the plate.
Stubbs capped Colorado's five-run ninth inning with a three-run homer off J.J. Hoover, sending the Rockies to a 10-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader.
“He threw me two (curveballs) in

Rockies' Stubbs stuns Reds

DENVER — Drew Stubbs had a hunch a curveball was coming, and he got all of it when it hung over the plate. Stubbs capped Colorado's five-run ninth inning with a three-run homer off J.J. Hoover, sending the Rockies to a 10-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader. “He threw me two (curveballs) in

LIMA — There's a shock factor when you first see it.
Yes, the baseball turf is indeed bright maroon.
The University of Northwestern Ohio is the first school/team in the nation to have a maroon and gold turf baseball field.
UNOH unveiled its new all-turf field on Thursday, which was installed by SportsField Engineering. The official name of

Maroon is new green at UNOH ballpark

LIMA — There's a shock factor when you first see it. Yes, the baseball turf is indeed bright maroon. The University of Northwestern Ohio is the first school/team in the nation to have a maroon and gold turf baseball field. UNOH unveiled its new all-turf field on Thursday, which was installed by SportsField Engineering. The official name of

Bath wins invitational

KALIDA – Bath got a good taste of the golf state tournament last year. Now the Wildcats want more. Bath took a first step to a return trip to state by winning the Kalida Invitational boys golf tournament with a 304 Wednesday at Country Acres Golf Club. The Wildcats won the tournament by 15 shots, as second-place Ottawa Hills finished with

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.
On a back nine filled with clutch shots and as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla to capture his second straight major.

Roaring Rory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship. On a back nine filled with clutch shots and as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla to capture his second straight major.

BEAVERDAM — Raven Venegas kept things steady most of the day.
On the occasions when she mishit a shot or missed a short putt, she pulled it back together almost immediately.
Venegas (Walsh University/Shawnee High School) made three birdies on the day and knocked off Sandy Doan, 3 and 1, in the semifinals of the championship flight in the Li

Venegas advances to title match

BEAVERDAM — Raven Venegas kept things steady most of the day. On the occasions when she mishit a shot or missed a short putt, she pulled it back together almost immediately. Venegas (Walsh University/Shawnee High School) made three birdies on the day and knocked off Sandy Doan, 3 and 1, in the semifinals of the championship flight in the Li

It was over well before anyone wanted to say their final good-byes.
The Lima Locos' season came to a screeching halt on Friday. The regular-season champion Locos (27-13) lost in the best-of-three Great Lakes Collegiate League semifinals to Licking County, two games to one.
At that point it didn't matter if the Locos were the No. 1 seed and the Se

Big year for Locos' development

It was over well before anyone wanted to say their final good-byes. The Lima Locos' season came to a screeching halt on Friday. The regular-season champion Locos (27-13) lost in the best-of-three Great Lakes Collegiate League semifinals to Licking County, two games to one. At that point it didn't matter if the Locos were the No. 1 seed and the Se

Locos stay alive on Wilder 2-hitter

LIMA — Here's one scary thought: Locos right-hander Cory Wilder said he didn't have his “best stuff.” But his fastball and breaking ball were plenty strong enough to take care of Licking County on Thursday. Wilder (North Carolina State) fired a complete-game two-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Licking County in Game 2 of the semifi

Rain delays start of Locos game

NEWARK – This time it wasn't Licking County slowing down the Locos, it was a hard afternoon rain which pushed through the Columbus and Newark area. Game 1 in the best-of-three Great Lakes Collegiate League semifinal series was scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Don Edwards Field, but the monsoon-like rain pushed the starting time back to clos

NEWARK – It was shocking.
It was stunning.
And, just like that, on a Licking County strikeout, the game was over and the hex at Don Edwards Field continued.
Licking County pinch-runner Woody Wallace scored from third with two outs on a strikeout/wild pitch in the home ninth inning to lift the Settlers to a 10-9 victory over the Lima Locos

Licking County stuns Locos, 10-9

NEWARK – It was shocking. It was stunning. And, just like that, on a Licking County strikeout, the game was over and the hex at Don Edwards Field continued. Licking County pinch-runner Woody Wallace scored from third with two outs on a strikeout/wild pitch in the home ninth inning to lift the Settlers to a 10-9 victory over the Lima Locos




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