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Bulldogs drop NCOSA match

Poling scores 21st goal of season • Ethan Murphy also scores for Ada •16 saves for Grant Preston

By Cort Reynolds
VAN BUREN - The Ada boys soccer team lost at Van Buren 7-2 in a North Central Ohio Soccer Association match Thursday night.

The Bulldogs fell to 6-5 overall and 1-3 in NCOSA play with the defeat. VB improved to 4-6 and 3-1 in NCOSA action with the victory.

Van Buren led just 1-0 in a defensive first half, but the teams combined for eight goals after intermission.

Jonah Frederick scored three goals, including one in the game's second minute, to pace the victors. He and Black Knight Jordan Frederick tallied two second half goals apiece, while Chance Conley and Aiden Haley added the other Knight post-intermission scores.

Knights stop Ada in VB battle

Bulldog reserves beat Crestview 25-21, 25-14

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The host Ada volleyball team ran into streaking juggernaut Crestview and lost to the Northwest Conference leader in straight sets Thursday night.

Crestview improved to 10-4 and stayed atop the NWC at 6-0 with their ninth consecutive victory. All of the Knight losses were to MAC powers.

The 25-16, 25-15, 25-6 defeat dropped the Lady Bulldog overall record to 7-9 overall and 1-5 in NWC play. It was their seventh match in 12 days. 

Men's soccer team recipient of Team Academic Award

13th consecutive year for this ONU honor

By Tim Glon
ADA — The Ohio Northern men's soccer program received the Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches for 2019-20.

This marks the 13th consecutive year that the Polar Bears were honored with the award by having a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Northern's 13 awards ties it with Baldwin Wallace for the most among Ohio Athletic Conference schools.

The Polar Bears finished 13-6-3 overall, 5-3-1 in the OAC and advanced to the NCAA III Tournament in 2019 under first-year head coach Chris Matejka.

OAC Schools that have received the award:

This polar bear spent his summer as a Oregon duck

A summer as strength and conditioning intern for the University of Oregon football team

FROM ONU WEBSITE - Ever since exercise physiology major Wil Rankin fell in love with football as a player, he knew he never wanted to leave football behind.

That’s why he decided to pursue a career in strength and conditioning. His ultimate goal? To become a strength and conditioning coach for a Division I college football team.

Thanks to his networking expertise and determined efforts, he was able to try his dream on for size the summer before his senior year as a strength and conditioning intern for the University of Oregon football team.

Bulldogs CC runs at Bath

Riley Ferguson paces Ada at 21:27; personal best for Melia Santillanez and Cole Anspaugh; season best for Connor Daugherty

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Ada cross country teams competed at the Bath Invitational Tuesday.

"We had a great night," said Bulldog head coach Josh Klein. "Both girls ran under 30 minutes again."

Bulldog freshman Melia Santillanez ran a personal-best time of 29:24 to finish 57th out of 63 female runners in the meet. Classmate Elsie Allen came home at 29:39, good for 58th place. 

Junior Riley Ferguson paced the Bulldog boys with a time of 21:27 to cross the finish line 58th out of 115 runners.

Bulldog spikers fall to LCC

Light 9 kills; Wills 7 digs, 10 assists; Acheson 6 digs, 4 kills; Sumner 12 digs, 2 aces

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The host Ada volleyball team lost in straight sets to Lima Central Catholic in a non-league match Tuesday night.

The 25-15, 25-10, 25-17 defeat dropped the Lady Bulldog overall record to 7-8. LCC won behind strong serving and powerful hitting to improve to 8-7.

"Our serve receive wasn't as strong as in the past," said Bulldog third-year head coach Kyleigh Tabor said. "But LCC had a lot of good servers. They kept us off balance with their serves.

"Our blocking was off, we had zero blocks in the match," Tabor added. "They had some good outside hitters who put the ball away, and they killed us on tips."