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ONU sports camps and clinics for 2017

Northern offers many sports camps and clinics throughout the year. A men's soccer coaches clinic and two swimming clinics are set for April. See others below:

Final national poll lists ONU women at 5th

First time ONU reached top 5 since 2012-13

The Ohio Northern women's basketball team was ranked No. 5 in the final Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll, released March 20.

ONU reached the top five in the rankings for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

The Polar Bears posted a perfect 25-0 record in the regular season in 2016-17 to complete the first undefeated regular season in school history.

Northern reached the Elite 8 of the the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament for the first time in school history.

ONU recorded a school-record 30 victories this season under the guidance of Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and 16th-season head coach Michele Durand.

ONU teams rank among OAC schools

Among OAC schools, ONU's athletic teams have had good success so far in 2016-2017 with many first and second place place finishes.

Ada runner Donald Robey in charity race

50-miler May 13 in Indiana

By Cort Reynolds

Despite injury, Ada distance runner Donald Robey will be participating in a challenging race to benefit local Marine parents and families.

The event is called the Gnaw Bone Dances with Dirt 50-miler, to be held Saturday, May 13 in Nashville, Indiana.

"My son Andrew is entering the Marines in July," said Donald Robey. "I have always been a big supporter of my children and this event just seems to be a perfect fit with my love of running.

"The money raised will go to charities helping Marines and their families," he continued.

Men's track picked 29th in nation

The Ohio Northern outdoor men's track and field team is ranked No. 29 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason power rankings.

Northern is coming off of a succesful indoor season where it posted a 47-16 record.

Wis.-LaCrosse took the top spot while Rowan (N.J.) took the second spot and North Central (Ill.) finished third.

The only time this spring that the home crowd can watch the outdoor competition in Ada will be Saturday, April 22, during the Polar Bear Invitational.

Women's track ranked high nationally

The Ohio Northern women's outdoor track and field team is ranked No. 13 in the nation, according to a coaches' poll.

Northern in coming off of an outstanding indoor season in which the team posted a 52-9 record and finished tied for fifth nationally as a team at the NCAA Div. III Championships.

The only time they will compete at home this spring will be when ONU hosts the Polar Bear Invitational on Saturday, April 2.

In the recent poll, Washington (Mo.) took the top spot while Claremon-Mudd-Scripps (Cal.) came in second and Wis.-LaCrosse rounded out the top three.

ONU sports updates

ONU men's lacrosse wins 18-4

ADA — Freshman Cameron Marous(Brecksville) scored four goals and added three assists as the Ohio Northern men's lacrosse team defeated Adrian (Mich.) 18-4 on Tuesday evening at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

The Polar Bears improve to 4-3 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-4.

Baseball loses a close one

ANGOLA, Ind. — The Ohio Northern baseball team fell to Trine (Ind.) 12-11 on Tuesday evening at Jannen Field.

The Polar Bears fall to 8-6 overall, while the Thunder move to 6-3.

Men's tennis loses to Adrian

Here's the results of the Final Four in women's basketball from last weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich

Amherst (Mass.) defeated ONU's nemesis Christopher Newport (Va.), 66-51.

Tufts (Mass.) defeated St. Thomas (Fla.) 60-57.

Amherst defeated Tufts, 52-29, for the Championship. This was the lowest scoring championship basketball game in NCAA Division III history.

Also, attendance for the final game was the lowest ever with the two Massachusetts teams in the final being a long way from Grand Rapids

Women's tennis wins again with help from Ada's Mackenzie Wills

LIMA -- The Ohio Northern women's tennis team ran its winning streak to five matches with a 9-0 victory over Wittenberg Sunday night indoors at the Westwood Tennis and Fitness Center.

The Polar Bears improve to 13-2 overall, while the Tigers fall to 5-9.

Northern swept the doubles matches to take a quick 3-0 lead.

Junior Lynn Kelly (Mason) and sophomore Ashley Ochsenhirt (Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian) won 8-1 at No. 1 and seniors Christina Corbean(Dayton/Oakwood) and Brittany Toney(Greenwood, Ind.) won 8-2 at No. 2.

Baseball team scores 19 runs

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — Sophomore Caleb Thomas (Strongsville) smashed a 3-run home run to lead the Ohio Northern baseball team to a 19-6 victory at Thomas More (Ky.) on Saturday at Thomas More Field.

The Polar Bears improve to 7-4 and the Saints fall to 4-2.

Thomas finished the day 3-for-3 with 5 RBI and four runs scored and junior Brandon Kasberg (Mentor) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and four runs scored.