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September 28, 2020

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Polar Bears predicted to finished sixth in OAC football play

By Andrew Korba

Ohio Northern was selected to finish sixth in both the coaches and media polls at the 2013 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day on Tuesday afternoon at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Polar Bears received 192 votes from 36 media members in attendance to finish sixth in the media poll and received 44 points in the coaches poll.

Coaches could not vote for their own team in their poll.

Mount Union was voted atop each poll, receiving 80 points and eight first place votes in the coaches poll and 353 points and 31 first place votes in the media poll.

Chad Bucci named head coach men's and women's golf programs at Ohio Northern

By Tim Glon

Chad Bucci has been named the head men's and women's golf coach at Ohio Northern University.

Bucci is the first full-time golf coach in ONU history and brings a great deal of success and experience with him.

"We are very excited to have Chad Bucci as the head coach of our golf programs," ONU director of athletics Tom Simmons said. "Having a full-time head coach for our men's and women's programs is new ground for us. We are looking forward to the benefits both on and off the course for our men's and women's student-athletes."

Women's tennis named ITA All-Academic team; five named scholar-athletes

By Andrew Korba

For the 11th time in the past 12 seasons, the Ohio Northern women's tennis team has been named a ITA All-Academic Team.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above.

The Polar Bears posted a team GPA of 3.44.

In addition, junior Lauren Rife, junior Kelsi Wurm, sophomore Kristin Cellentani, sophomore Brittany Miller and freshman Taryn Stromback all earned Scholar-Athlete honors.

In order to be eligible to be a Scholar-Athlete, a player must be a varsity letter winner and have a GPA of at least 3.50.

Women's Basketball ranked No. 13 in WBCA Academic Top 25


By Andrew Korba

The Ohio Northern women's basketball team is ranked No. 13 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25.

Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) posted the best team GPA, Emerson (Mass.) was second and Greenville (Ill.) was third.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes women's basketball teams across the nation in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, the NAIA, and junior/community colleges that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.

In order to be eligible, a team must have a team cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Girls' tennis may be the next new sport at Ada High School

A new sport may be coming to Ada High School.

An informal meeting for Ada High School students interested in playing on a newly formed Ada HS girls’ tennis team is planned on Wednesday, July 17.

The meeting is also for parents and guardians and takes place at 7:30 p.m. a the Ada Park 4-H Shelter House.

Ada area u-12 fastpitch softball team headed to Orlando, Florida

An Ada-area u-12 fastpitch softball team with members from Ada, Bluffton, Allen East and several other area communities, has qualified for the USSSA series of softball in Orlando, Fla. The series starts July 20.

The team is ranked second in USSSA power rankings in the Ohio North u12B division. The team has had success in tournaments in Kenton, Van Wert, Toledo Tune up, Beavercreek and the Ohio State Fast Pitch tournament.

For example, the team was runner up in Beavercreek and Kenton, champions in Van Wert, 10th in the Toledo Tune up (22 teams) and fifth at the Ohio State event.