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AHS football hosts backyard rival AE in season, NWC finale

By Cort Reynolds

Ada High School welcomes arch-rival Allen East to War Memorial Stadium on Friday, October 20, to climax the season in a battle of football teams with identical 3-6 overall records.

It looks to be the last Northwest Conference game for Ada (1-5 NWC) after 60 years in the league, fittingly against their biggest gridiron rival. 

In the 21st century the Bulldogs lead the heated series 14-9, highlighted by a 13-game win streak from 2005-17.

But the Mustangs (2-4 NWC) have taken the last five meetings in a row, all in decisive fashion, including 52-7 last year in Harrod. AE also captured four of the five matchups from 2000-04.

“We are focusing on us,” said Bulldog head coach Toby Smith when asked about the Mustangs. “We are attempting to try to do our job as often as possible so that we can see success on the field.

Bulldog boys soccer scores late to win sectional thriller 

UPDATE The sectional game at Liberty-Benton will now be played at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21.

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School boys soccer team scored two second-half goals, including the tiebreaker in the final minutes, to rally past upset-minded Pemberville Eastwood and win their intense sectional semifinal match 2-1 Wednesday evening, October 18, at War Memorial Stadium.

Bulldog junior Nathan Williams calmly buried a penalty kick goal into the upper right part of the net with 2:51 remaining to provide the final margin of victory.

Ada had earned the PK try on an accidental Eastwood hand ball in the box off a Williams right corner kick.

The Bulldog record improved to 4-7-6 after the exciting comeback win. Ada has won two in a row after a 12-match winless streak.

Ninth seed Ada now visits top-seeded Liberty-Benton (10-4-3) Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the sectional finals (new time).

Ada’s Jolliff 1st team All-NWC, 1st team All-NCOSA

Bulldog Williams 1st team All-NWC; 6 Bulldog boys honored

By Cort Reynolds

Six Ada High School boys soccer players received All-Northwest Conference honors in voting conducted recently by the league coaches.

High-scoring Bulldog junior Logan Jolliff was named first team all-league. The speedy forward was the second-leading vote-getter on the All-NWC squad. Jolliff led Ada in goals scored.

Ada girls soccer shuts out Galion in sectionals

Poling nets 3 goals; new Bulldog program record set for wins, individual marks

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School girls soccer team netted three goals in the first five minutes and went on to post a 5-0 win over visiting Galion in sectional first round play Tuesday evening, October 17, at War Memorial Stadium.

Ada broke the school record for wins in a season with their eighth victory, which improved their mark to 8-6-3 overall and clinched the second winning season in program annals.  

It is the first winning campaign for Bulldog girls soccer in over 20 years.

Galion finished 4-11-2 after the defeat.

The Bulldog girls advance to visit top seed Van Buren (11-3-2) Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. Ada lost at home to the NCOSA runner-up Black Knights by a 3-0 score on Oct. 4.

“This win is a great way to celebrate this team and what they have done,” said Ada second-year head coach Doug Dewese. “It has been a long time since a tournament win for Ada, and we also got a shutout and set a bunch of program and individual records.

Andreasen leads 3 Bulldogs spikers on All-NWC teams

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School volleyball team placed three players on All-Northwest Conference squads in voting conducted Sunday, October 15,  by the league coaches.

Versatile senior setter Autumn Andreasen earned second team all-league notice. She led the team in assists (397) and aces (26), and was among the leaders in digs (209), kills (66) and blocks (16).

Bulldogs Marshall, Burkhart 1st team All-NWC soccer

Poling and Sizemore make 2nd team, 3 more HM

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School girls soccer team placed seven players on the All-Northwest Conference teams, led by two first teamers and one four-time selection, in voting conducted Sunday by the league coaches.

Bulldog senior scoring ace forward Ella Marshall repeated as first team All-NWC for the fourth straight season.