Klingshirn's field goal gives Coldwater seventh state title
By Tom Haines
MASSILLON - Coldwater was looking ready to go to overtime.
Zack McKibben wanted to head home in regulation.
New Middletown Springfield was punting from the Coldwater 36-yard line with 27 seconds to go and the score tied at 35 and the Cavaliers kept the punt return team on the sideline. [More]
Obituaries on November 23rd, 2020
Patty S. Enyart, age 72, of Portland passed away Saturday November 21, 2020 at [More]
Carol Kittle, 74, of Saint Marys, died Sunday, November 22, 2020, at the Laurel [More]
Ronald H. Gross, age 81, of Coldwater, Ohio, died on Friday, November 20, 2020 [More]
Helen "Maxine" Shafer, age 81, of Celina, Ohio, passed away Friday, November 20 [More]
Dale J. "Whitey" Bruns, age 83, of Fort Recovery, OH, died on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater, OH of natural causes. [More]
Margaret E. Ketcham, 69, of Celina, OH died 9:40 a.m. Friday November 20, 2020 [More]
Bryan R. Dupes, age 74, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on November 20,2020 at 2:2 [More]
Lawrence Dieringer, 89, St. Marys, died Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Vancres [More]
Rita Miller, 98, St. Marys, died Sunday, November 22, 2020, at her residence. [More]
Sandra Brown, 77, St. Marys, died Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Vancrest, St. M [More]
Dennis W. "Denny" Overley, age 71, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Friday, Nove [More]
Janet Dingledine, 92, of Saint Marys, died 10:32 P.M. Friday, November 20, 2020 [More]
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The Celina girls and St. Marys boys reached the championship round of the 17th Ohio High School State Invitational Kick-Off bowling tournament held Saturday at HP Lanes in Columbus.
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Damon McCracken's 25-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation lifted Van Wert to its first-ever state football championship in defeating Mentor Lake Catholic 31-28 in the Division IV state championship game on Sunday afternoon in Massillon.
2020 Division VII State Football Champions
Season Results (10-2):
RESULTS
REGULAR SEASON
Minster  W, 20-0
Marion Local  L, 13-21
St. John's  W, 38-6
Coldwater  L, 7-24
Anna  W, 38-7
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As the first semester of the school year comes to a close, families with children may be making their final evaluations of whether their in-person or remote learning plans have been right for them.
Tips from the pros for a safe holiday
CELINA - As Thanksgiving approaches, national and local health experts have tips on how to keep family and friends safe in the age of COVID-19.

Ge
CELINA - Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 and one new hospitalization due to the virus were reported Saturday by the Mercer County Health District.
CELINA - When looking for a new boys basketball coach, Celina only had to look across Grand Lake.
Former St. Marys standout Adam Johns takes over
CELINA - Branden Rushton goes into his first season as girls basketball coach at Celina with a firm hand on what he has coming into the season.
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COLDWATER - Nick Fisher is used to being in a waiting mode when it comes to getting ready for Coldwater's boys basketball season.
With the Cavalie
COLDWATER - After going 10-14 last season, Coldwater came away from the campaign losing three seniors, two of whom had most of the scoring.
But head coach Keenan Leichty's cupboard is not bare and a summer of extra playing time allows him a team that has a tremendous upside.
FORT RECOVERY -Two years ago, the Fort Recovery boys basketball team went .500 and finished in eighth place in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
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Fort Recovery is going into the 2020-2021 season with its eyes wide open.
Coach Holly Gann emphasized that the most important quality for this girls' basketball season will be adapting to the virus restrictions and potential schedule disruptions.
MARIA STEIN - Last year's version of the Marion Local boys basketball squad started slowly but finished the year with a stirring run to the district finals.
MARIA STEIN - Beth Streib begins her sixth season at as girls basketball coach at Marion Local with a wealth of experience returning from last year's Midwest Athletic Conference co-champions.
MINSTER - With five senior letterwinners, two of whom are returning starters, back from their 15-9 squad from a season ago, the Minster Wildcats and head coach Michael McClurg harbor plenty of hopes heading into the 2020-21 boys' basketball campaign.
MINSTER - To the casual observer, the 2019-20 girls' basketball season was a noteworthy success for the Minster Wildcats and coach Mike Wiss. Twenty-
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen's first-ever appearance in the state football finals has slowed preparations for the Cardinals' basketball season. However, second-year boys coach Cory Stephens sees the positive consequences.
NEW BREMEN - For the fourth consecutive year, full roster practices are starting a little late for the New Bremen girls basketball team due to the volleyball Cardinals participating in the state final four.
NEW KNOXVILLE - It's been a few years, but first-year coach Cole Fischbach remembers when the New Knoxville boys basketball team was quite good.
Of the Rangers' five Midwest Athletic Conference titles, four came between 2007 and 2011. In 2008 New Knoxville won the Division IV state title.
NEW KNOXVILLE - Last year, the New Knoxville girls basketball season came to a close shortly before the pandemic caused a general shutdown. For the Rangers, it was a more normal reason: a second straight district final loss to Minster.
Last season, the Parkway boys basketball team set a school record with 19 wins, finished second in the Midwest Athletic Conference and won the first district championship in program history.
ROCKFORD - The Parkway girls' basketball team has won five Midwest Athletic Conference games in the last 14 years.
One of those wins came last yea
ST. HENRY - Veteran St. Henry boys basketball coach Eric Rosenbeck says consistency holds the key to success for his 2020-2021 squad.
Beginning his 12th season at the helm of the Redskins, Rosenbeck starts the season just six wins shy of 200 career coaching victories.
ST. HENRY - Second-year St. Henry girls basketball coach Kyle Menchhofer is tasked with a major rebuilding project at the Redskins prepare to tip off the 2020-2021 campaign.
ST. MARYS - As head coach Dan Hegemier enters his seventh year overall of his second stint with the St. Marys boys basketball team, it's difficult for him not to be eager for the upcoming season.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys girls basketball team ended the 2019-2020 campaign with 19 victories - the program's most wins in a season in more than 15
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New Bremen shuts out JFK for first state championship
By Tom Haines
MASSILLON - For once, New Bremen didn't need late heroics.
After three straight upset wins, all of which were decided in the final two minutes, the Cardinals came in as favorites and played like it, outplaying Warren John F. Kennedy in all phases en route to a 31-0 win in the Division VII state championship game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. [More]
Obituaries on November 21st, 2020
Fabiola Mary (Stammen) Doan age 89 died Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Sanctuary, Dublin, Ohio. [More]
Ralph I. Plattner, age 85 of New Bremen, died on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:26 A.M. at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton due to complications of COVID-19. [More]
Fr. Vincent Hoying, C.PP.S. of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of [More]
Margaret Ketcham, 69, Celina, died on Nov. 20, 2020, at Shane Hill Nursing Home [More]
Dale J. "Whitey" Bruns, 83, Fort Recovery, died on Nov. 20, 2020, at Mercer Cou [More]
Dolores A. "Tootie" Wuebker, age 92, of Carthagena, died on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Gardens at Celina. [More]
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Coldwater got to within a point of Van Wert late, but could not the lead as the Cavaliers dropped their 2020-21 girls basketball season opener 30-29 to the Cougars at the Cougar Den.
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Shane Hamm passed for four touchdowns and Victor Dawson rushed for 145 yards to lead Akron Hoban to a 35-6 victory over Massillon Washington in the Division II state football championship game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.
Area food pantries are seeing mixed trends in need as the holidays roll around and COVID-19 continues to spread.
While larger organizations such as
CELINA - One new death from COVID-19 and 46 new cases were reported in Mercer County on Friday, raising the county's totals to 40 deaths and 2,467 cases.
The first Christmas tree lighting set for the Mercer County Courthouse lawn has been canceled, but Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Director Stacy Beougher said organizers are already gearing up for next year.
Tri Star taking over workforce development needs
By William Kincaid
CELINA - A workforce development organizaion will disband now that a state-of-the-art career technical education center is available at the new Tri Star facility, which opened last year.
Workforce Development Initiative of West Ohio, made up of economic development officials and education partners, will soon cease to exist, according to director Angela Hamberg. [More]
Obituaries on November 20th, 2020
Jill A. Maras, age 61, of Celina, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater. [More]
Mary Lou Gribler, 81, of Decatur, Indiana and a former longtime resident of Wil [More]
Bernard "Ben" Stueve age 84 of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. [More]
Scott Revolt, 57, Celina and formerly of St. Marys, died at 10:59 p.m. Nov. 16, 2020, at OSU Medical Center, Columbus. [More]
Susan C. Logan, 63, of St. Marys died at 10:54 a.m., Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Joint Township Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Harold E. Lauth, 91, of New Knoxville, Ohio, died 9:35 P.M. Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at the Cridersville Healthcare Center. [More]
Lavern J. Roth, age 91, of Mendon, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at his residence with his loving family by his side. [More]
Marjorie Miesse, 91, of Roseville, CA, formerly of Celina, OH, passed away at 9:03 A.M. on Saturday, November 14, 2020. [More]
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DeWine official explains new safety measure
CELINA - The statewide curfew is largely aimed at social gatherings to reduce person-to-person contact, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Mike DeWine.
CELINA - Mercer County Engineer Jim Wiechart's office plans for another year of intensive chip-and-sealing on about 120 miles of county and township roads in 2021.
New Bremen, Coldwater adapt after OHSAA moves state football location
The week of state football championship games are very hectic for any athletic director, even if your team has played in numerous title games during their tenure.
By William Kincaid
CELINA - Despite an earlier concern, authorities have determined that no voter fraud was committed during the presidential election in Mercer County.
Mercer County Board of Elections directors at Tuesday's regular meeting reported that a woman may have attempted to vote twice during the 2020 presidential election cycle, once in Mahoning County and once in Mercer County. [More]
By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Health district staff are struggling to manage their time effectively as the ever-increasing workload caused by COVID-19 continues to pile on top of additional duties employees need to complete.
Health board members at Wednesday's meeting discussed how staff could use their time most effectively. Director of nursing Julia Shaffer said workers are bogged down primarily by phone calls and requests from patients to return to work. [More]
Obituaries on November 19th, 2020
Margery D. Heuing, age 77, of Celina, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:25 pm at The Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford with her family by her side. [More]
Werner W. Wendel, age 83, of Fort Recovery, passed away on November 17, 2020 at the Kindred Hospital, Lima, Ohio. [More]
Sarah "Sally" Ruley age 88 of Minster, Ohio died Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. [More]
Chris Wayne Temple, 53, Van Wert, died at 12:56 p.m. Nov. 14, 2020, at Lutheran Hospital in Indiana. [More]
Marion C. "Mamie" Rump, age 85 of New Bremen, died on Tuesday, November 17, 202 [More]
Kimberly D. Woodard, 60, of Celina, OH died at 7:18 p.m. Tuesday November 17, 2020 at her residence. [More]
Vermont D. "Montie" McGillvary, age 86, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at his home in Mendon. [More]
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CELINA - The Mercer County Sheriff's office in a social media post on Wednesday announced deputies will not make random traffic stops to determine if residents are breaking the curfew recently imposed by the governor.
COLDWATER - Inpatient emergency department volume continues to rise at Mercer County Community Hospital, with daily volumes estimated to have almost tripled compared with previous months.
$133,494 will be used to buy equipment
CELINA - Mercer County commissioners this week signed off on a request to buy $133,494.50 worth of equipment to help some county employees work remotely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
WAPAKONETA - The final ballot count for Auglaize County was certified on Wednesday after board of elections members went through a final review of absentee ballots received after Election Day and provisional ballots.
MONTEZUMA - Council members during a brief meeting on Wednesday night discussed a resident's request for village employees to remove a tree in the village right-of-way.
NEW BREMEN - The school district's updated five-year forecast shows diminishing cash balances, which will need to be addressed, school board members learned on Wednesday.
Homans coming up big for Cardinals
After New Bremen battled back to tie Marion Local at 17 with three minutes left in the Division VI regional final, the Cardinals needed a defensive stand to force overtime.
NEW BREMEN - The New Bremen volleyball season came to an end Sunday in the state championship match, but two of the Cardinals' seniors aren't done playing together yet.
All-Northwest District Football Teams
The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association released its All-Northwest District football honors list on Wednesday evening.
New Bremen coach Chris Schmidt was named the Division VII Coach of the Year for guiding the Cardinals to the state championship game.

In 47 years as a varsity football program, New Bremen had never won so much as regional championship.
The 2020 team roared past that benchmark tw
After a three-season hiatus. Coldwater is back in a state football championship game.
The 11-0 Cavaliers take on 11-0 New Middletown Springfield on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Fortress Obetz in the Division VI state championship game.
Computer Points In Review
  Three for three.
For last week's state semifinals we were down to two local teams (Coldwater and New Bremen) as well as one non-local WBL school (Van Wert). For this week's state championships, the same three teams are still alive.
It's been 20 years since Van Wert has played in a state football championship game, but the Cougars are going to get their chance on Sunday at noon when they play in the Division IV title game at Fortress Obetz against Mentor Lake Catholic.
  NOTE: Due to the recent order for a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, the times for this weekend's state football championship games have been changed.
Friday
Division VII
New Bremen (9-2) vs. Warren JFK (9-2), 1:15 p.m.
2020 Division IV Volleyball State Runner-up
Season Results:
(25-4, 7-2 MAC)
REGULAR SEASON
Russia  W  3-0
Celina  W  3-0
Columbus Grove  W  3-0
Wapakoneta  W  3-0
Minster  W  3-0
Jackson Center  W
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