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December 5, 2019

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Freshman Courtney Sumner leads Ada with 13 points

Lady Bulldogs rally late past HN, earn 1st win

By Cort Reynolds
DOLA - The Ada girls basketball team finished on a 7-2 run to upend county foe Hardin Northern 36-31 Tuesday night in a tight non-league basketball rivalry battle.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 1-1 with the hard-fought road win. HN fell to 0-4 with the difficult defeat after leading most of the game.

"We started out flat and couldn't finish throughout the game until the end," said Ada second-year head coach Morgan Bass. "(But) when it really counted, we picked it up and finished when it mattered most."

Meet Ada's varsity cheerleaders

Membes of the varsity Ada cheerleading squad, from left: Madison Deatharage, Madison Park, Nora Dellifield, Coco McLaughlin, Barrette Jones, Kylie Lucas and Molly Zimmerman. (Cort Reynolds photo)

Balanced Bulldog boys stave off Musketeers

Ada boys edged by Gophers in opener

Ada vs. Ft. Jennings game account  below-
By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The visiting Ridgemont boys basketball team rallied in the second half to nip county rival Ada 55-51 in a hard-fought Friday night season-opener.

Smooth Gopher sophomore Landon Newland tallied all 21 of his points in the second half, paving the way to victory via a 32-22 advantage after intermission.

Newland netted 11 points in the decisive third period as Ridgemont rallied from a 29-23 halftime deficit with a 17-9 quarter to grab a two-point lead heading to the final stanza. 

Preview: Ada grapplers continue rebuild under new coach

Five of the 10 grapplers on the team are returning lettermen, with two freshmen and three junior newcomers filling out the roster

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The traditionally competitive Ada varsity wrestling program enters its third consecutive season under a new head coach this winter in former Bulldog assistant David Ames.

Eric Perkins, who served as Ada head coach last season, has moved up into the atheltic director's role this school year. 

Ames served as an assistant for the highly-successful Allen East program over the past several years, but also previously assisted at Ada under the program's first head coach, Branden Nickles.

Ada swim team led by veteran standouts Katayama, Spar

18-person varsity swim team this season

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - Three-time state qualifier Klava Katayama will lead the 18-person Ada varsity swim team this winter as she chases another berth in the state meet. 

Katayama, who recently signed on to swim at Div. I Marshall University, seeks to become the first four-time state qualifier in Bulldog program annals.

Senior Isaac Spar, a multiple-time district qualifier, also returns to pace the Ada boys team.

Seven letter winners return to combine with several promising newcomers on the deep roster, with both boys and girls teams boasting nine swimmers. 

Ward and Mescher both hit 18 in ONU women's win

Polar Bears are 4-0 out of the gate

 Junior Sydney Ward (Columbus/Upper Arlington) scored a career-high 18 points and senior Emily Mescher (Maria Stein/Marion Local) tied a career-high with 18 points to lead the Ohio Northern women's basketball team to a 68-59 victory at area-rival Defiance on Tuesday night at the Weaner Center.

The Polar Bears (4-0 overall) out-scored DC 38-22 in the second half to rally from a 37-30 halftime deficit and remain undefeated on the season.

The Yellow Jackets (0-3) were led by Taylor Steinbrunner and Brianna Townley with 12 points each.

With Mescher and Ward dominating inside, ONU enjoyed an impressive 42-16 advantage in points in the paint.