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April 5, 2020

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Cenzie Rushton named ONU women's assistant basketball coach

She was an all-American during her ONU career

 Ohio Northern All-American Cenzie (Yoder) Rushton has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at her alma mater.

Rushton joins head coach Mark Huelsman's staff after serving as head girls basketball coach at Celina High School the past two seasons.

Rushton was a volunteer assistant coach at ONU in 2018 and also has coaching experience as an assistant coach at Findlay in 2017 and Heidelberg in 2016.

Possibility that spring sports could extend to June and July

With Ohio's no-contact period extending to May 1

Ada schools released information on spring athletics. This is information from the school website.

Yesterday’s announcement by Governor DeWine extended mandatory school closures through May 1.

As a result:
 The mandated No-Contact period has been extended through this date (May 1). This is to assist with the Governor’s ‘stay at home’ order, to prohibit coaches from privately meeting with student-athletes and to put all schools on an equal level relative to future competitive opportunities.

Ada Youth Football program joins new league, with several changes

This league currently includes Ada, Kenton, Riverdale, USV and Hardin Northern

The Ada youth football program has joined the new Developmental Football League, according to Adam West, Ada youth football head coach.

Here’s what West says about the program:

"Exciting news for the Ada Youth Football Program. We have joined the Developmental Football League. 

This league will start this fall. The focus of the league is to serve the kids/athletes from the inside out, build fundamentals, teach the game of football, and have fun.

This league will include grades K-6 and will see some significant changes to the way our program has traditionally done things.

Winter sports tournaments now cancelled

Tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey will not be completed

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the winter sports tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely on March 12, are now cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. 

It is anticipated that schools will not be able to reopen for many weeks, which prevents interscholastic athletics from taking place.

The start of the OHSAA’s spring sports of softball, lacrosse, baseball, track and field and boys tennis is still postponed, which coincides with schools not being open. 

Meet Ada HS scholar-athletes

Cheerleadering, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, wrestling, swimming

Several Ada High School student athletes were named Northwest Conference scholastic athletes this week.

The qualify, the student must be a letter-winner in the sport. A gold level athlete maintains a grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0 during the season. A silver level athlete maintains a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49 during the season.

Gold: Molly Zimmerman, Courtney Mclaughlin, Nora Dellifield and Barrette Jones
Silver: Madison Deatherage

Boys' basketball
Silver: Cayden Murphy, Zac Swaney, Phil Coulson, Jacob Rayl

14 Polar Bears named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference in winter sports

A total of 14 Ohio Northern student/athletes were named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference in the five winter sports for 2019-20.

The women's basketball team led all squads with five honorees. Women's swimming and diving had four student/athletes, wrestling had two and men's basketball and men's swimming and diving had one each.

The award winners must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, maintain varsity status and have a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 3.50.