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Bulldog boys fall to big Arlington flurry

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School boys basketball squad fell victim to a 28-0 first half run by the visiting Arlington team and lost 60-45 in a Tuesday night non-league game on January 18.

The Bulldogs tied the game 8-8 on a Cayden Murphy reverse layup, but then plunged into a long scoreless drought. Arlington authored 28 unanswered points bridging the first two quarters, and never trailed after being behind 6-3 early.

The Red Devils led 38-11 at intermission, capitalizing on 14 Bulldog turnovers to net many easy baskets. Ada played better in the second half, winning the final two quarters 34-22.

Ada youth wrestler Langston McClain headed for state championships

Ada Youth wrestler Langston McClain, a 6th grader, placed first in the Division 4 80lbs bracket at the OAC Grade School Marysville District Championships on Sunday, January 16.

McClain will wrestle at the OAC Grade School State Championships in Youngstown, Ohio in March.

He is a member of the Ada Youth Wrestling Club, which provides coaching for kindergarten through 6th grade wrestlers of all experience levels. The club is part of the Miami Valley Kids Wrestling Association, which includes more than 70 clubs participating in weekly tournaments from January through February/ Early March.

Ada girls bury Gophers, 52-19

By Cort Reynolds

Playing at home, the Ada High School girls basketball team put together a 22-0 run early in the first half and went on to beat Hardin County rival Ridgemont 52-19 in a match Monday night, January 17.

The Bulldog girls fell behind 4-0, then reeled off 22 unanswered points to take command. Ada led 35-13 at the half and was never threatened in playing its best game of the season.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-11 with the non-conference victory, while the Lady Gophers dropped to 3-11 after the lopsided loss.

Oldfield, Baumgartner win at Sprint high school swim meet

By Cort Reynolds

With four girls winning races, the Ada High School swim teams competed well in the 10-team Colonel Crawford Sprint Invitational meet at Crestline on Saturday, January 15.

The Bulldog girls finished a strong fourth out of 10 teams, while the Ada boys came in sixth out of nine squads.

Upper Sandusky swept the boys and girls team titles.

"This was a sprint meet, so we got to try out a few new events and have fun with the lineups," said Ada head coach Katey Stuart. "Overall, everyone did a fantastic job, and we had a lot of great swims," she added.

Bulldog rally just short vs. rival Polar Bears

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School boys basketball team spent most of this home game trying to catch up but never quite could as they dropped a hard-fought 53-47 decision to county rival Hardin Northern in their annual matchup Saturday night, January 15.

The Bulldogs trailed 11-7 after one period, and HN extended the lead to 27-17 at halftime. Ada sliced the deficit to 33-32 late in the third period and crept within three points twice in the final stanza, but never was able to take the lead.

The Bulldogs fell to 4-10 with the non-conference loss. Meanwhile, HN improved to 8-5 with the rivalry win.

Ada boys haunted by miscues at Delphos

By Cort Reynolds

The visiting Ada High School boys basketball team committed costly turnovers in a 54-33 loss to Delphos Jefferson in a Northwest Conference contest Friday night, January 14.

The Bulldogs are 4-9 overall and 0-3 NWC with the defeat. DJ improved to 3-9 and 1-2 in the NWC after the win.

The Bulldogs trailed 17-9 after one period and 30-18 at halftime. Ada was behind heading to the final stanza, 40-26. 

"We were way too passive," said first-year Bulldog head coach Vince Halliday. "We were never in the game."

The Bulldogs committed 23 costly turnovers, including 13 in the first half.