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August 18, 2019
 

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State basketball tournaments return to St. John Arena

OHSAA girls basketball tournament in 2020 and boys basketball in 2021

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced that two upcoming basketball state tournaments will return to St. John Arena at The Ohio State University, including the 2020 girls basketball state tournament and the 2021 boys basketball state tournament.

Both state tournaments coincide with OSU’s spring break, which will allow for better parking options for spectators.

ONU volleyball ranked in preseason coaches poll

For the third consecutive season, Ohio Northern's volleyball team will begin the season ranked nationally in the top 25. The Polar Bears were ranked 23rd nationally in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll on Wednesday. 

Northern collected 208 points to tie for 23rd with Bowdoin (Me.). Emory (Ga.) topped the poll with 1,650 points and 52 first-place votes, while Calvin (Mich.) and Juniata (Pa.) rounded out the top three. 

ONU opens the season against a couple of ranked foes. The Polar Bears host No. 13 Illinois Wesleyan, No. 2 Calvin and No. 6 Wittenberg as part of the ONU Invitational Aug. 30-31. 

Bulldog boys soccer club looks to re-tool on the run

Caleb Garmon, Jacob Okuly and Noah Garmon will assist Jason Okuly in coaching the Bulldogs

Story and photos by Cort Reynolds
Team photo at bottom of story -

The Ada boys soccer team has a tough act to follow in 2019, but the Bulldogs return several talented players to try and meet the challenge.

The Bulldogs lost seven starters from their sectional champion team to graduation, led by high-scoring Northwest Conference Player of the Year Chris Reyes.

Fellow all-league first teamer Noah Garmon and second team pick Jacob Okuly, as well as Jon Allen, also graduated and will be missed.

Ada golfers 4th in NWC quad

By Cort Reynolds
Despite a solid team score, the Ada golf team finished fourth in a tough four-team Northwest Conference meet Tuesday at the Bluffton Golf Course.

Bluffton and Allen East tied with 179 strokes each, followed by Paulding (190) and Ada (209). The Pirates won the tiebreaker with AE after both teams' fifth man shot 51 since Pirate Wes Brauen shot a 64 in the sixth spot.

Senior Alex Morgan and junior Brevin Sizemore tied for Bulldog team honors as each carded a 47. Senior Ethan Hull tallied a 55, while junior Jacob Morgan shot 60 to round out the Bulldog scorers.

Becca Joseph named ONU assistant coach with women's Lacrosse

Women's Lacrosse head coach Beth Hemminger has added to her coaching staff. Becca Joseph will join the Polar Bears as an assistant coach this upcoming season. Joseph comes to Ada from Earlham College where she was an assistant coach with the Quakers' women's lacrosse squad. 

Joseph played her collegiate lacrosse at Wittenberg University where she enjoyed a decorated career. She was a first team All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection as a sophomore and a junior. She was also honored as an All-Great Lakes Region player in 2016 after scoring 51 goals and logging 36 assists. 

Lady Bulldog soccer poised to field best team in years

The team returns nine starters and 12 letter winners

Story and photos by Cort Reynolds
Team photos at bottom of story -

ADA - Third-year Ada varsity girls soccer head coach Doug Poling is cautiously optimistic his squad can set the elusive program record for single-season wins this fall.

That was the aim last fall, but a young team fell a few wins short. This season the club is more talented, a year older and driven to achieve that record wins goal.

The Lady Bulldog kickers return nine starters and 12 letter winners from a squad that finished 5-11-1 overall and 2-3-1 in Northwest Conference play last fall.

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