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ONU baseball looking to build on a successful 2023

By Wes Mayberry

The Ohio Northern baseball team had a highly successful 2023 season, posting the most wins since its 2018 campaign. The Polar Bears are looking to build off that achievement in 2024 with the return of several key players under 13th-year head coach Gene Stechschulte.

Northern went 12-6 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, qualified for the OAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed and finished with a 27-15 overall mark last season. With the return of fifth-year senior pitcher Jack Hutchins (Bright, Ind./East Central), who was named to the 2024 Preseason All-America Third Team, and four other All-OAC honorees from a year ago, the Polar Bears are poised for another great run in 2024.

"We are very excited to get started this season," Stechschulte said. "There is a large amount of our pitching depth coming back, so we are looking forward to seeing that progress. From a positional standpoint, there will be many new faces getting a chance to make an impact."

ONU wrestlers Reed, Hendricks, Layman earn bids to nationals


ADA__No. 12-ranked Ohio Northern had three qualify for the national championships in their respective weight classes to lead Ohio Northern at the 2024 NCAA Division III Central Regional Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 2.

ONU Women's Basketball falls 60-54 at #6 Scranton


SCRANTON, Pa.__Ohio Northern saw its NCAA Tournament run come to an end with a hard-fought 60-64 loss at No. 6-ranked Scranton (Pa.) in the second round of the NCAA III Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday evening.

Two Ada wrestlers compete at Troy district; McClain 5th at 150 

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McClain sets Ada single-season record for wins, finishes 2nd in career wins

By Cort Reynolds

TROY__Two Ada High School wrestlers competed at the Div. III district wrestling double-elimination tournament in Troy’s Hobart Arena Friday and Saturday, with one just missing a return trip to the state meet.

Bulldog senior Clayton McClain captured fifth in the 150 lbs. division to earn the state alternate spot. 

A top-four finish in any weight bracket automatically advances a wrestler to the state meet March 8-10 at the Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus next weekend.

As one of four sectional champions in his 16-wrestler district bracket, McClain was the top seed in his quarter of the bracket.

AE girls edged by Wildcats in district semis

By Cort Reynolds

ELIDA__The Allen East High School girls basketball team rallied late but came up just short 49-45 to league rival Delphos Jefferson in the Div. III district semifinals Thursday, February29, at the Elida Fieldhouse, ending their season and 13-game win streak.

Bulldog boys basketball ends season with tourney loss at LCC 

By Cort Reynolds

LIMA__The youthful Ada High School boys basketball team battled but lost 53-30 at top seed Lima Central Catholic in the first round of the Div. IV sectional tournament Wednesday, February 28, at the Monsignor Herr Gymnasium.

“We really focused on Priddy and Willie Foster, and held them to two points total,” said Bulldog third-year head coach Vince Halliday. “Unfortunately, Dermarr Foster went off and made five three’s!

“Lots of experiences learned this year, as year three comes to a close,” continued Halliday. “Now to build off of them, moving forward.” 

Ada ended its season 5-18 following the defeat. 

The Thunderbirds improved to 21-2 after their 11th straight win.