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Bulldog tennis squad nipped by Bluffton, 3-2

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School tennis team lost 3-2 at local rival Bluffton in a makeup match Tuesday evening, May 10.

The Bulldog dual match record dropped to 4-5 with the defeat. Bluffton improved to 5-6 after the victory. 

Ada won the top two singles matches easily in the battle between the only two Northwest Conference teams to sport varsity spring tennis. 

Bulldog senior Dexter Woods cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at first singles over senior Luke Shadle.

Junior Brendan Jameson rolled in straight sets at second singles over junior Braeden Ackerman, also by a 6-1, 6-1 count.

Bulldog netters nip Upper Sandusky

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School tennis team defeated visiting Upper Sandusky 3-2 Monday, April 9, on a warm, sunny evening at the park courts.

The Bulldogs improved their record to 4-4 with the victory in the regular season finale. 

Ada swept all three singles matches to register the win.

Ada senior Dexter Woods utilized a solid ground game and good serving to post a convincing 6-1, 6-3 win at first singles.

Junior Brendan Jameson triumphed in a three-setter at second singles.

Heady Ada junior Amelia Alexander also won handily 6-1, 6-2 at third singles by keeping the ball in play and rarely making errors.

Bulldog softball fends off Red Devils, wins sectional

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School varsity softball team utilized good pitching, solid defense and a bunting offense to eliminate visiting Arlington 6-4 in the Div. IV sectional semifinals Monday evening, May 9.

The sixth-seeded Lady Bulldogs improved to 4-12 after the win. The eighth seed Red Devil girls fell to 3-13 with the defeat. 

Ada plays at third-seeded Leipsic (13-4) Thursday, May 12 in the sectional finals. The Viking girls won at Ada 13-3 May 2.

"Small ball helped our offense, and our defense was pretty good," said Bulldog head coach Jeff Bassitt.  

ONU Softball wins second straight OAC Tournament title

The top-seeded Ohio Northern softball team won the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship on Sunday, May 8, defeating No. 3 seed Mount Union 4-3 at the ONU softball field to cap an unbeaten run through the tournament.

This marks the second straight OAC Tournament title for the Polar Bears (24-9 overall) and their seventh in program history, and it earns them the league's automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament.

ONU will find out its NCAA Tournament destination and first-round opponent on Monday.

Mount Union, which ends its season at 23-18-1 overall, eliminated No. 2 seed Muskingum earlier in the day with a 3-0 victory to advance to play ONU.

Bulldog boys 10th in baseball sectional

By Cort Reynolds

The Ada High School varsity baseball team was seeded 10th at the 13-team Coldwater district Div. IV sectional drawing Sunday, May 8.

The Bulldogs (5-10) will host 11th-seeded league foe Spencerville (5-13) Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. in the sectional first round.

The winner advances to visit top seed Lincolnview (12-4) Thursday, May 19 in the sectional finals at 5 p.m.

Ada (0-5 NWC) is also scheduled to entertain Spencerville (4-2 NWC) in a league makeup game Wednesday, May 11.

The district semifinals and finals will be hosted by Coldwater May 25/27.

Bulldog netters 3rd at league championships

By Cort Reynolds

Playing in Bryan, the Ada tennis squad finished a solid third at the six-team Northern Buckeye Tennis League tournament Saturday, May 7.

Bulldog junior Brendan Jameson finished second in the second singles flight to post the best Ada finish.

Bulldog senior southpaw Dexter Woods came in third in the first singles flight. He beat Wauseon's Gavin Van Dellen 8-1 in the third-place match.

Ada junior Amelia Alexander also finished third in the third singles bracket. She defeated Zeb Siefker of Wauseon 8-1 in her third-place match.