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March 4, 2021

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Update on Polar Bear athletics

Men's basketball • Women's basketball • Men's lacrosse

Here's an update on recent ONU athletic contests.

Sophomore C.J. Napier (Miamisburg/Bishop Fenwick) recorded his fifth double-double of the season as the Ohio Northern Men's Basketball team fell 90-77 against No.9 Marietta Friday night at the ONU Sports Center.

ONU drops to 3-5 overall and 3-5 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while MC improves to 8-1, 8-1.

The Polar Bears were led by Napier with 25 points and 11 rebounds. 

Sophomore Landen Long (Mason) added 13 points and freshman Carson Conley (Newark/Licking Valley) scored 11 points off the bench.

Ada HS standout Chase Sumner named to All-OAC wrestling squad

Sumner is ranked No. 5 nationally at 149 pounds and finished the abbreviated 2021 season with a perfect 4-0 record

Ada High School graduate Chase Sumner, an Ohio Northern sophomore, along with teammate Ben DePrest (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier) were named All-Ohio Athletic Conference in wrestling for the 2020-21 season in voting conducted by the league's eight head coaches.

Sumner is ranked No. 5 nationally at 149 pounds and finished the abbreviated 2021 season with a perfect 4-0 record. He also had two pins and a tech fall in those four victories.

He is 41-6 with 13 pins and 4 tech falls in his two seasons as a Polar Bear.

DePrest had a breakout year in 2021, going 3-1 with one pin and a major decision at heavyweight after wrestling at 184 and 197 as a freshman a year ago.

Micah Bulldog Cook makes HM All-NWC 

By Cort Reynolds
DELPHOS - Ada senior guard Micah Cook received All-Northwest Conference basketball honorable mention notice from league coaches in voting conducted at their annual selection meeting this week.

Cook averaged 11 points per game overall and 13.1 ppg in NWC play, leading Ada in scoring and three-point field goals. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game.

The Bulldogs finished the 2020-21 season with a 3-19 record, and Ada went 1-7 in the NWC. Cook was the top vote-getter on the honorable mention list.

Three Ada grapplers qualify for districts

Antonio Pettit (126) • Clayton McClain (113) • Colton Biederman (120)

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Ada varsity wrestling team competed well in the Div. III sectional meet at Lima Central Catholic Friday and Saturday.

Allen East won the sectional team title with 222.5 points. Wayne Trace came in second with 197 points.

Ada ended up 12th out of 14 teams at the event with 44 points as three purple and gold matmen made it to the district tournament. The Bulldogs finished just behind Lincolnview, and ahead of tournament host LCC and Crestview.

Ada boys fall to NB in sectionals

After the first period, Ada was only outscored 44-43

By Cort Reynolds
NEW BREMEN - Visiting Ada built a big deficit after the first period, yet battled back before losing 64-46 to New Bremen in Div. IV sectional first round boys basketball action Wednesday night.

The loss ended the Bulldog season with a 3-19 record.

Ada scored first on a three-point goal by senior guard Jacob Poling, but NB then ran off 20 consecutive points to grab a commanding 20-3 lead after the first period of play.

Eight turnovers plagued the Bulldogs in the opening stanza. Ada rallied and cut the lead to nine a few times, but never got closer than that margin the rest of the game.

ONU swimmer receives OAC honors

Sophomore Calob Cope (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week for the week of Feb. 15-21.

Cope won three distance races in meets at Mount Union and John Carroll this weekend.

On Friday, he won the 500 free in 4:57.51 and was second in the 400 I.M. in 4:20.69 at Mount Union.

Cope swept the 1650 free (17:04.26) and the 500 free (4:57.32) at John Carroll on Saturday.

The Polar Bears will wrap up their abbreviated 2021 season March 25-27 with the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.