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May 25, 2019

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Ada girls lose wild Bulldog battle

By Cort Reynolds
Host Ada was not able to get enough key hits with numerous runners on base and lost a 13-5 Northwest Conference softball makeup marathon to Columbus Grove on a cool, windy Tuesday evening.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to 9-12 overall and 1-6 in the NWC with the Senior Night defeat, while CG improved to 6-8 and 2-5 in league play after the     win.

Ada stranded a season-high 18 baserunners and left the bases loaded multiple times.

CG scored five runs in the top of the first inning and added three more in the second to take a commanding 8-2 lead early.

Frosh pitcher earns first win at ONU

Freshman right-handed pitcher Tom Pitko (Youngstown/Austintown-Fitch) earned his first career pitching victory Monday evening and led the Ohio Northern baseball program to a 3-2 win over nonconference foe Albion (Mich.) in its 2019 regular season finale at Wander Field.

With the win, the Polar Bears end the regular season with a 22-16 overall record. The Britons conclude their regular season slate with a 22-18 overall mark.

Seven Polar Bears earn all-OAC softball awards

Seven players from the Ohio Northern softball team have been awarded All-Ohio Athletic Conference accolades for their performance during the 2019 campaign, the league office announced Monday.

Seniors Hailee Loughman (Brookville) and Kaitlin Surdej (Lancaster, N.Y./Central), junior Gabby Stewart (Union, Ky./St. Henry), and freshman Rachel Hish (Gainesville, Va./Patriot) each received All-OAC First-Team honors to lead the selections.

Get ready for some basketball

Bulldog basketball youth camp May 28-29-30

Bulldog boys' basketball youth camp is accepting registrations for the three-day camp held at the end of May, according to Dre White, boys’ varsity basketball coach.

The camp is open to boys in grades 3 through 7 (2018-2019 school year). The camp takes place in the high school gym from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 to 20.

The cost is $35 per participant. Checks payable to Ada Athletic Boosters. T-shirts are given to each camper.

Registrations must be made prior to Thursday, May 16. Click here to register.

Ada netters beat Upper Sandusky

By Cort Reynolds
The Ada tennis team defeated visiting Upper Sandusky 4-1 Monday evening at the Ohio Northern University courts in the 2019 home regular season finale.

The Bulldogs improved to 13-4 with the victory, while US fell to 10-4 with the loss.

Ace Cade Mullins celebrated Senior Day with a 7-5, 6-0 win at first singles to record his 17th win of the season.

Junior Isaac Spar and sophomore Miranda Wills also each reached the 17-win plateau with straight-set wins at seond and third singles, respectively.

Kate Witte to retire as ONU volleyball coach at end of '19 season

After 29 years as head coach; Katie Kuhn named her replacement

By Tim Glon
Ohio Northern volleyball coach Kate Witte has announced her retirement at the end of the 2019 season after 29 years as head coach of the program.

Witte will be replaced at the helm of the Polar Bears by current assistant coach and ONU All-American Katie Kuhn on Jan. 1, 2020.

"I am very honored to have had the opportunity to be the leader of the ONU volleyball program for the past 28 years, Witte said. "I am greatly looking forward to my last volleyball season at Ohio Northern. I have had the privilege to coach hundreds of terrific young ladies during my time here and will cherish those memories the rest of my life."