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Ada boy cagers edged by Bearcats

Brandon Hull led all scorers with 22 points

By Cort Reynolds
SPENCERVILLE - Visiting Ada lost a tough 55-50 battle at Spencerville in Northwest Conference boys basketball action Friday night.

The Bulldogs trailed 13-6 after a sluggish start. Ada inched within 22-21 at halftime, and the close margin stayed the same heading to the fourth period at 38-37.

Spencerville outscored the purple and gold 17-13 in the final eight minutes to pull out the five-point victory.

"It was a very hard-fought, physical conference contest between two similar teams," said Bulldog fourth-year head coach Dre White.

Bulldogs qualify several to swim districts

Katayama seeded 1st in 2 events

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Ada girls and boys swim teams competed well in the Div. II sectional meet held at the Lima YMCA Saturday. 

Four Ada individual swimmers qualified in two events apiece, and two girls relay squads also made it to the district meet at Bowling Green this coming weekend. 

The top 32 swimmers in each event, judged and ranked by their times throughout all six Ohio sectional meets in Div. II, qualified for district competition.

Bulldog boys seeded 10th at sectionals

Face rematch with Musketeers 

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The Ada boys basketball team was seeded 10th out of 13 teams at the Bluffton/Van Wert Div. IV sectional drawings held Sunday.

The Bulldog boys (7-12) will take on 12th-seeded Fort Jennings Wednesday, February 26 in the second sectional semifinal at Bluffton University. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.

Ada already beat FJ (2-17) by a 61-55 score at home this season back on November 30.

The Ada/FJ winner will then meet top-seeded Columbus Grove (19-0) in round two. Undefeated Grove received a first round bye into the sectional final on Friday, Feb. 28 at approximately 8 p.m. in Bluffton.

A conversation with ONU's defensive stopper

Austin Allemeier, senior on men's basketball team

Austin Allemeier simply couldn't earn a stop.

During a defensive drill at Indiana Tech, Allemeier, a true freshman at the time, was tasked with holding teammate Edmond Early Jr. scoreless. If Allemeier were to fail in this endeavor, the drill would continue — Allemeier versus Early. 

"He would kill me every single day," Allemeier said.

After an understandably frustrating day where Allemeier couldn't get the stop he needed, an internal switch was flipped. Allemeier knew he needed to improve as a defender if he was ever going to survive in the waters of collegiate basketball.

Polar Bear women’s team 3rd at Joe Bankd Invite

One of the lasting impressions from the Joe Banks Invitational Saturday will be what Ohio Northern's distance runners did in the 5,000-meter run inside the ONU Sports Center. The Polar Bears boasted four of the top five runners, as sophomore Tessa Pitcovich (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) won the race after logging a time of 18:28.47. 

Fellow sophomore Rue Whitmore (Mason) placed runner-up, clocking in at 18:42.47, while juniors Megan Wright(Eaton/Twin Valley South) and Kathleen Colvin (Hilliard/Bishop Ready) took third and fifth, respectively, with times of 18:52.91 and 19:04.83. The distance runners helped ONU rally for a third place team finish. 

ONU men’s and women’s teams recognized

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its 2019 Cross Country All-Academic Teams and Athletes.

The Polar Bears were named an All-Academic Team for having a cumulative GPA north of 3.1. There were 172 other teams that were honored. 

Junior Travis Sutter (Fort Recovery) reeled in All-Academic honors. In order to qualify, athletes must have at least a 3.3 GPA and finish inside the top 25 percent of their regional meet. There were a total of 309 athletes that won the honor.

The Polar Bears closed the season with a 10th-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional. Sutter led the charge at the regional meet, crossing 34th.