ADA — The No. 21 Ohio Northern women’s basketball team is still playing.
The Polars received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament on Monday. ONU will face No. 22 Transylvania (Ky.) in the first round of the NCAA III Tournament.
The game will be on Friday on the campus of DePauw (Ind.), with a potential second round matchup against either Claremont Mudd Scripps (Calif.) or No. 4 DePauw on Saturday.
Times will be announced at a later date.
This is the second straight season that the Polar Bears have made the tournament and seventh time in program history.
Ohio Northern went 23-5 on the season. The Polar Bears lost to Capital in the OAC tournament championship game on Saturday.
Peyton Manning passes physical
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A person with knowledge of the results tells The Associated Press that Peyton Manning has passed his physical on his surgically repaired neck, clearing the way for him to play in 2014.
In what was considered the final formality for his return, Manning passed the exam as required by his contract that will pay him $20 million next season, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because results of medical checkups typically aren’t announced.
Manning won his fifth MVP award in 2013, when he set single-season records by passing for 5,547 yards and 55 TDs while guiding the Broncos to their first Super Bowl in 15 seasons.
Manning has had four neck operations, including a spinal fusion that sidelined him for all of the 2011 season.
Woodmore looking for boys basketball coach
Woodmore High School is looking to fill its vacancy as the head coach of the varsity boys basketball program.
The Wildcats are a Division III program that competes in the Northern Buckeye Conference. Candidate should have previous interscholastic boys basketball coaching experience and evidence of strong leadership, management, and communication skills.
Interested candidate should forward letter of interest, resume, and references to: Jim Kieper, Principal, Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont Street, Elmore, Ohio 43416; or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is March 26.
ONU’s Do Thai joins 100-win club
ORLANDO (Fla.) — Ohio Northern senior Do Thai became the 20th player in men’s tennis history to win 100 career matches as Ohio Northern topped Trine (Ind.) by a 7-2 score on Monday afternoon.
The Polar Bears move their record to 3-1 on the season, while the Thunder fall to 4-3.
Thai teamed with senior Blake Troller to pick up an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles for his milestone win.
Thai also won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
In his career, Thai is 53-11 in singles action and 48-17 in doubles play, for a career record of 101-28.
Lima Senior to hold spring sports meeting
LIMA — The Lima Senior High School Athletic Office will hold its spring sports parent meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at the high school.
The meeting is for baseball, softball, boys tennis and track. Both student athletes and parents are required to attend.
For information, contact athletic director John Zell at 419-996-3051.
ONU’s Cody Lovejoy wins heavyweight regional
YORK, Pa. — Ohio Northern junior Cody Lovejoy won the heavyweight title at the NCAA Division III Mideast regional on Sunday at the M&T Fieldhouse.
Lovejoy, who is ranked No. 7 nationally, went 3-0 with two pins to win his weight class and improve to 40-3 on the season with 24 pins.
He also earns a bid to participate in the 2014 NCAA III Championships March 14-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Ohio Northern finished seventh out of 17 teams with 57.5 points. Messiah (Pa.) won the team title with 109 points, Mount Union was second with 76 points and Waynesburg (Pa.) was third with 72.5 points.
Three other Polar Bears placed in their respective weight classes, but did not qualify for the NCAA Championships, as just the top three placers in each weight class earn bids.
Sophomore Tyler Gargano came close, finishing fourth in the 174-pound weight class. Gargano ends his season with a 30-6 record.
Sophomore Colt Lovejoy placed fifth at 165 pounds with a 4-2 record.