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August 12, 2020

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Spotlight on an ONU spring athlete

Gabby Stewart - always felt the need to prove herself

 Gabby Stewart possesses something that she's utilized from time to time in her softball career.

Whether it was growing up alongside two brothers who where more naturally gifted than her or whether it was during those formative softball years or whether it was during an Ohio Northern coaching change, Stewart has always felt the need to prove herself. 

And this notion has benefited Stewart greatly. She's littered all over the ONU record books and an unquestioned leader in the dugout. 

ONU esports team knocks off Ohio State

Ohio Northern knocked off Ohio State 3-1 in the semifinals of the Ohio National Collegiate Esports tournament on Thursday night.

The Polar Bears won the first game of the best-of-5 series, only to see the Buckeyes win game two to tie it at 1-1.

Northern won the third game in overtime to go up 2-1 and held off a furious OSU rally in game four to win the final game 1-0, taking the match.

The Polar Bears will play in the finals next week in a day and time to be determined.

OHSAA cancels spring sports

As school facilities to remain closed • No-contact period remains in effect at least until May 3

The Ohio High School Athletic Association informed member schools Monday, April 20, that spring sports are now cancelled, as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced earlier in the day that school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the coronavirus COVID-19. 

OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass sent the memo to school administrators following Governor DeWine’s press conference.

Cenzie Rushton named ONU women's assistant basketball coach

She was an all-American during her ONU career

 Ohio Northern All-American Cenzie (Yoder) Rushton has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at her alma mater.

Rushton joins head coach Mark Huelsman's staff after serving as head girls basketball coach at Celina High School the past two seasons.

Rushton was a volunteer assistant coach at ONU in 2018 and also has coaching experience as an assistant coach at Findlay in 2017 and Heidelberg in 2016.

Possibility that spring sports could extend to June and July

With Ohio's no-contact period extending to May 1

Ada schools released information on spring athletics. This is information from the school website.

Yesterday’s announcement by Governor DeWine extended mandatory school closures through May 1.

As a result:
 The mandated No-Contact period has been extended through this date (May 1). This is to assist with the Governor’s ‘stay at home’ order, to prohibit coaches from privately meeting with student-athletes and to put all schools on an equal level relative to future competitive opportunities.

Ada Youth Football program joins new league, with several changes

This league currently includes Ada, Kenton, Riverdale, USV and Hardin Northern

The Ada youth football program has joined the new Developmental Football League, according to Adam West, Ada youth football head coach.

Here’s what West says about the program:

"Exciting news for the Ada Youth Football Program. We have joined the Developmental Football League. 

This league will start this fall. The focus of the league is to serve the kids/athletes from the inside out, build fundamentals, teach the game of football, and have fun.

This league will include grades K-6 and will see some significant changes to the way our program has traditionally done things.