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AHS girls basketball stifled by #11 Leipsic

By Cort Reynolds

The visiting Ada High School girls basketball team started slowly and lost 51-15 at league leader Leipsic in Northwest Conference play Thursday, February 2.

Ada fell to 10-10 overall and 0-7 in the NWC with the defeat. Meanwhile, first-place Leipsic improved to 18-1 and 7-0 in the NWC after the win.

Leipsic ran out to a 13-0 lead after the first period and never trailed. The 11th-ranked Vikings led 34-6 at halftime and 44-1 after three quarters.

Senior guard Courtney Sumner led Ada with eight points. Olivia Burkhart sank the lone Bulldog trifecta.

AHS swim team senior night draws Bulldog fans to Kenton meet

By Cort Reynolds

KENTON--The Ada High School swim team competed in a dual meet vs. county rival Kenton on Tuesday, January 31, at the Hardin County YMCA.

The Wildcats won the combined girls and boys meet, 159-94.

Bulldog seniors Carlie Oldfield and Kaitlyn Bowden each won two races. Ada sophomore Lily Baumgartner won two events as well. Ada junior Jack Baumgartner won the 100 backstroke to post the top Bulldog boys finish.

“We had a lot of first-place finishes and best times,” said first-year Bulldog head coach Ashley Robey. 

AHS girls basketball seeded 5th, to play New Bremen

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada girls basketball team was seeded fifth out of 11 teams in their Div. IV sectional drawing Sunday.

After receiving a first round bye, the 10-9 Lady Bulldogs will play fourth seed New Bremen (10-10) in a sectional final Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Shawnee.

The Ada/NB winner advances to the Wapakoneta district semifinals, almost certainly against top seed Marion Local (17-2), on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

Eschewing a round one bye, ML plays winless 11th seed Ridgemont Feb. 16 in the first round. The winner takes on 10th seed New Knoxville (1-19) in one sectional final.

Ninth-seeded USV (4-15) plays third seed St. Henry (11-7) in a first round matchup at Spencerville Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The winner faces seventh seed Perry (9-9) Feb. 18 at Spencerville.

SH passed on a bye, which Perry then received.

Hardin Northern (12-7) was seeded sixth and will play eighth seed Waynesfield (7-10) in Spencerville Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in first round action. 

The victor advances to take on second seed Minster (10-8) at Spencerville Feb. 18.

The top four seeds are all MAC teams. The district finals are set for Thursday, Feb. 25 in Wapak at 6 p.m.


AHS girls basketball: 45-33 win vs North Baltimore

By Cort Reynolds

Playing at home, the Ada High School girls basketball team reeled off a 17-0 second half run to break open a close game and defeat North Baltimore 45-33 in non-conference action Saturday night, January 28.

Ada improved to 10-9 with their fourth win in five games. Meanwhile, NB dropped to 2-17 after the defeat.

"At halftime we told the girls we needed to do it on the defensive end to get steals and easy buckets," said Bulldog head coach Zach Ricker. "And the girls did that in the second half." 

Ada guard Lexi Poling drained a triple to open the game, but NB went ahead 5-3 on a three-pointer by Kaylee Allison.

AHS boys basketball: 59-30 win vs. North Baltimore

By Cort Reynolds

Playing at home, the Ada High School boys basketball team employed a pressing defense to dismantle North Baltimore 59-30 in a non-conference game Saturday night.

The Bulldogs led 15-8 after one period and stretched it to 25-11 at halftime. A 19-8 Ada third quarter put the game well out of reach.  

Ada improved to 7-9 after the win, while NB fell to 1-15 following the defeat.

AHS boys wrestling solid at Sally George Invite; McClain 2nd at 144

By Cort Reynolds

MARION–The Ada High School boys wrestling team had a solid showing in the annual 24-team Sally George Invitational at Marion Pleasant Friday and Saturday, January 27-28.

Bulldog junior Clayton McClain advanced to the finals of the 144 lbs. bracket Saturday and finished second in his division.

Ada stood 17th after day one with 31 points,