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August 23, 2019

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ONU’s Caleb Thomas first-team academic all-American

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have named senior baseball player Caleb Thomas (Strongsville) a First-Team CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-American at the designated hitter position for the 2019 season, the national office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas is now a two-time CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America selection after receiving Second-Team accolades during his junior season in 2018. With the announcement, the senior also becomes the first player in program history to receive First-Team Academic All-America kudos.

Presenting Ada NWC scholar athletes

Letter winners with grade point averages of 3.0 and higher

Several Ada High School student athletes were named Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes this spring.

Eligibility requires student to letter in a sport. The gold level is for students with grade point average from 3.5 to 4.0 during the season. The silver level is for students with grade point averages of 3.0 to 3.49 during the season.

The entire NWC scholar athlete list is attached -

Boys' Track – Gold: Isaac Williams, Alexander Morgan, Khyler Stoll, Miguel, Gonzalez-Jordan, Carson Hissong, Noah Mattson, Riley Ferguson

Grove wins this year's NWC Bachman award

Ada HS won the NWC academic award title

Columbus Grove won the Northwest Conference 2018-19 “Don Bachman Award of Excellence." 

This is the fourth time Columbus Grove has accomplished this feat since the establishment of the award in 2005.  This award recognizes the school in the conference that exhibits the highest level of consistent excellence in conference-sponsored sports and scholastic bowl competition each school year.

The Bulldogs compiled a total of 87.5 points with Bluffton (80.0) and Crestview (67.5) finishing second and third respectively.  Points are awarded and accumulated each year based on conference standings in all sports and the NWC scholastic bowl competition.

It's June and time to sign up for midget and flag football

June 25 and June 27 at the park

It may be early June, but sign ups are underway for Ada Midget Football and Ada Youth Flag Football this month.

"We’ll be having sign ups for Ada Midget Football and Ada Youth Flag Football from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, and Thursday June 27, at the Ada Park Building," said Traci McClain, midget football president (It's the brown building on the corner right before the football stadium.)

"If you can’t make those dates please call me at 419-306-9908 so we can get your child signed up," she added.

McClain also provided the following:

Bulldog Nora Dellifield, a junior, 12th at state meet

First-ever Ada girl athlete to advance to state in the pole vault

Story by Cort Reynolds
Photos below by David Dellifield

COLUMBUS - Ada junior Nora Dellifield finished 12th in the pole vault at the Div. III state track and field meet in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday at Columbus.

Dellifield cleared 9-6 and 10-0 in the first two rounds Friday. But she came up just short in three attempts to surpass 10-6.

Freshman Kenna Stimmel of Margaretta won the girls pole vault title with a best effort of 13-0.25.

Dellifield is the first Ada girl to ever make it to the state meet in the pole vault. She finished ahead of six competitors in the 18-girl field.

Ada netters lauded at tennis banquet

Isaac Spar named MVP

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The Ada tennis team held its spring post-season awards banquet at the school cafeteria Thursday, May 30.

Several special awards were handed out by first-year head coach Cody Hurley, who led the team to a 14-5 record this spring.

Two players received the Silver Racket Award, given to players who earned at least a 3.75 grade point average and a second or third letter.

Juniors Hunter Wells and Isaac Spar earned this honor.

Senior Cade Mullins, class of 2019 co-valedictorian, was given the Gold Racket Award for earning a fourth letter and a 4.0 GPA. He also served as the team captain.