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May 25, 2019

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3 Bulldog netters advance to districts

Ada's Spar wins sectional tennis crown

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Ada tennis team competed exceptionally well at the Div. II UNOH sectionals in Lima Thursday and Saturday, with three Bulldogs making it to district play in singles by finishing in the final four.

Ada dominated the singles flight as the Bulldog trio comprised three of the four semifinalists. The threesome went 12-1 against non-Ada teammates as the program qualified three players to district singles for the first time ever in a single event.

As the top singles seed in the 33-player field, Bulldog senior Cade Mullins got a first round bye and then whipped Rylee Messenger of Kenton 6-0, 6-0 Thursday.

ONU Department of Athletics enters partnership with NIKE and BSN Sports

Five-year partnership is part of BSN Sports Collegiate Select program

The Ohio Northern University Department of Athletics announced that it has entered into a five-year partnership with NIKE through BSN SPORTS.

The agreement, which will commence on July 1, 2019, is part of BSN SPORTS Collegiate Select program, which aims to make BSN SPORTS a one-stop provider for all collegiate athletic, intramural, club and staff apparel and equipment to all NCAA Division I, Division II and Division II schools as well as NJCAA and NAIA schools.

The agreement includes numerous incentives in the form of discounts and rewards along with incentives for on-field achievements and additional marketing, branding and promotional opportunities.

ONU senior receives Wilson award

Ohio Northern senior Connor Christian (Gallipolis/Gallia Academy) has been named the male recipient of the Wilson/ITA Promoter of the Year award.

| ITA/Wilson promoter of the Year Award (.docx) | ITA Tennis site |

Christian and Anastasia Rentouli of Mississippi State will receive a paid summer internship in the Grassroots Marketing department at Wilson's global headquarters in Chicago, Ill., for winning the award.

Former ONU All-American Chris Matejka named interim head coach

Of the men's soccer program

By Tim Glon
Former Ohio Northern University All-American Chris Matejka has been named the interim head men's soccer coach at ONU.

Matejka has been an assistant coach for the Polar Bears for the past six seasons after graduating from Ohio Northern with a bachelor's degree in creative writing in 2013.

The Spencer, Ohio, native played in 96 games as a midfielder from 2009-12. He tallied 19 goals and 24 assists for 62 career points.

Matejka was named 3rd Team All-America and was the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Midfielder of the Year as a senior.

Reynolds publishes column on John Havlicek

Inspired by new information that came to his attention during the last week of interviews, news stories and tributes about John Havlicek after his death, Cort Reynolds wrote a new piece of ruminations about Havlicek that posted last week on SB Nation.


Ada netters beat Clyde in OTCA 2nd round

Clyde edged Ada 3-2 last year in the same regional quarterfinal round

Photos and story by Cort Reynolds
ADA - The Ada tennis team avenged a 2018 tournament defeat by beating Clyde 3-1 in round two of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association tournament Wednesday at the Ohio Northern University courts.

Clyde edged Ada 3-2 last year in the same regional quarterfinal round of the OTCA event. The victory gave the Bulldogs their first-ever berth in the OTCA sweet 16/regional semifinal round.

The Bulldogs improved to 14-4 with the victory, and advance to the Div. II northwest region semis at Ottawa Hills next week at a date TBA. Clyde dropped to 14-3 with the defeat.