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March 25, 2019

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Ryan Bruns named first team all-OAC for third time

By Tim Glon

Ohio Northern senior All-American Ryan Bruns (Chickasaw/Marion Local) was named First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference in Men's Basketball for the 2018-19 season in voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches.

Bruns is now a three-time All-OAC honoree, earning First Team honors in 2018 and Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2017.

The 2018 OAC Player of the Year, Bruns concludes his outstanding collegiate career with 1,686 career points, which ranks fourth all-time in program history.

Bulldog boys win sectional semi rematch over Rangers

Next round Friday vs. St. Henry

By Cort Reynolds
COLDWATER - Ada broke away from a halftime tie with a big third quarter and went on to defeat New Knoxville 55-46 in boys Div. IV sectional semifinal play Tuesday night at Coldwater.

The Bulldogs improved to 6-17 with the victory and advanced to the sectional finals against top seed St. Henry Friday.

Meanwhile, the 10th-seeded Rangers end up 3-20 after suffering their eighth consecutive defeat. They lost 13 of their final 14 games after nipping Ads at NK 47-44 Jan. 5.

"It was not the start we were looking for, but we showed up in the second half and did what we needed to do," said Ada third-year head coach Dre White.

Tia Harris resets indoor shot put record

Senior Tia Harris (Newton Falls) reset her own indoor shot put school record and won the individual event title, leading the Ohio Northern women's track and field team to a fifth-place finish on Saturday at the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held inside the ONU Sports Center Fieldhouse.

ONU was fifth with 86 team points. Otterbein won the meet with 164.5 points; Mount Union finished second with 149.5 points; and John Carroll rounded out the top-three with 143 points.

ONU women 3 points short of improbable run

The seventh-seeded Ohio Northern women's basketball team nearly completed an improbable run to the NCAA Division III Tournament Saturday, but fell to top-seeded John Carroll 61-58 in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Finals inside the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center.

Northern ends the season at 15-13 overall after appearing in its third consecutive OAC Tournament Finals, having knocked off second-seeded Baldwin Wallace and third-seeded Marietta to reach the championship game. The Polar Bears became the lowest seed to reach the finals since JCU in 2011, also as a seven seed.

Pair of Ada grapplers 5th at sectionals

By Cort Reynolds
The Ada wrestling squad competed in the 15-team Div. III sectional wrestling meet at Lima Central Catholic Friday and Saturday.

Junior heavyweight Noah Arnett finished fifth in the 285 lbs. division. He won two of his four matches, including the fifth-place bout, to end up 16-10 this season.

Red Devil girls grab sectional title against Bulldogs

  By Cort Reynolds
Top-seeded Arlington reeled off 23 unanswered first half points and went on to defeat Ada 53-13 in girls Div. IV sectional basketball final action Saturday evening at Allen East.

After getting a first round tournament bye, 12th-seeded Ada finished its campaign 1-21 with the loss. Meanwhile, sectional champion Arlington advances to the district semifinals February 28 at Ottawa-Glandorf with a 20-4 mark.

The Lady Red Devils will next face Bluffton.
"I am proud of our efforts, we busted our butts from start to finish," said Ada first-year head coach Morgan Bass of the game.