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December 6, 2019

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Five Bulldog boys get all-league notice

By Cort Reynolds
Five Ada boys soccer players earned All-North Central Ohio Soccer Association honors recently in voting by the league coaches.

Bulldog senior midfielder Isaac Spar was voted first team All-NCOSA.

Senior midfielder Skyler Williams, and junior forward Jacob Poling earned second team all-league notice. Poling was the Bulldog leading scorer. 

Ada seniors Nick Kamatali (MF) and Wyatt Rettig (D) were voted honorable mention All-NCOSA.

Nick McCracken of Van Buren was voted NCOSA Player of the Year. Dylan Beck was voted league Coach of the Year.

Ada ended up 8-8-1 overall and fourth in the six-team NCOSA.

Four Lady Bulldog kickers named All-NCOSA

By Cort Reynolds
FINDLAY - Four Ada girls soccer players earned All-North Central Ohio Soccer Association honors recently in voting by the league coaches.

Junior defender Brenna Hissong was named first team All-NCOSA.

Senior forward Ella Poling made second team all-league.

Senior forward Katie Butterfield and sophomore forward Timber Blankenship were each voted honorable mention all-league.

Junior midfielder Alexis Rickenbacker of league champion Liberty-Benton was voted NCOSA Player of the Year. Mark Pagano was named NCOSA Coach of the Year.

Ada hosts rival Mustangs with league, playoffs at stake

By Cort Reynolds
The Ada football team can salvage a disappointing season with an upset of backyard arch-rival Allen East Friday in the regular season finale.

A Bulldog victory would deprive AE (8-1, 5-1 NWC) a share of the league title, and possibly also a playoff spot. 

On the other hand, with a victory AE will grab at least a share of their first conference title since 1995 - and clinch its first playoff berth in 13 years.

The Mustangs won 20-14 at home vs. Crestview in week nine to stay in a three-way tie for the league lead with two-time defending champion Spencerville, and 2018 co-champion Columbus Grove. 

ONU falls to Otterbein

Senior All-American Chelsea Huppert (Bremen, Ind.) had 12 kills and five blocks and senior Sydney Bapst (Grove City) had 11 kills to lead No. 10-ranked Ohio Northern in a 26-24, 22-25, 25-12, 22-25, 15-13 loss to Otterbein on Tuesday night at the ONU Sports Center.

The Polar Bears (22-5 overall, 7-1 OAC) also got nine kills and five blocks from freshman Madison Kern (Loveland/Mount Notre Dame).

The Cardinals (22-5, 6-2) were led by Dasha Bruyako with a career-high 22 kills, Emily Shuk with 18 kills, Amber Greeley with 17 kills and Tate Eppard with 10 kills and 10 blocks.

Two ONU teams move up in national polls

The Ohio Northern women's soccer team moved up one spot to No. 20 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll. The Polar Bears are also receiving votes in the D3soccer.com top 25. 

Messiah (Pa.) claimed the top spot in the United Soccer Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week, while William Smith (N.Y.) and Washington (Mo.) rounded out the top three. Ohio Athletic Conference member Otterbein was ranked No. 17. 

Northern — which boasts a 13-2-2 overall record and is riding a nine-game win streak — travels to Otterbein Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest at Memorial Stadium.   


ONU sports round up

Here’s the Ohio Northern University sports round up from the past week.

Women’s swim team
The Ohio Northern women's swimming and diving team started off its dual meet season with a victory. The Polar Bears defeated Wilmington 138-122 Friday night.

The 200-meter medley relay team — of Shelby Starkey, Abby Schauer, Kyley Stuart and Gabrielle Grant — got things started, claiming first with a time of 2:11.90.

Schauer won the 100-meter breaststroke, as well, boasting a time of 1:20.21. Stuart touched first in the 100-meter butterfly, clocking in at 1:13.37, and Grant took first in the 50-meter freestyle, registering a time of 29.76.