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Hundreds herd into Keystone for Allen County Junior Fair carcass show

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LIMA — When it comes to the Allen County Junior Fair Carcass Show, it is not what is outside, but what is inside, literally, that counts.Hundreds of people lined up along the outer wall of Keystone Meats on Harding Highway on Wednesday to get an insider’s view into various cattle, pigs, chickens, rabbits, lambs and goats that were showcased at last week’s fair.“What happens here is that after the grand reserves of each species have been decided at the fair, the next placings all go into the carcass show,” according to Kelly Colbe, 4-H educator at the Ohio State University Extension. “It varies by species as to how many animals come in.”


Been there, doing it again

The hope is always that a sequel will be as good as the original.Hollywood loves sequels. It loves them to the point it sometimes doesn’t know when to stop creating more sequels to a beloved film.Some people turn their annual vacations into sequels by returning to the same place year after year after year.And sports, too, has its own plentiful supply of sequels.Teams create sequels. Players create them, too. And so do coaches.If a p...

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2014 Guide to area football

10. Which team will change its offensive approach this year?Delphos St. John’s graduated tailback Tyler Jettinghoff and fullback Luke MacLennan, along with several offensive linemen. Coach Todd Schulte will go away from the power-I and power sweep and go with a one-back, option approach. It will be hard to imagine the Blue Jays without their favorite power sweep, but look for more passing and more runs out of the option.9. What can coach Do...

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2014 Lima area high school football schedule

Friday, August 29Defiance at Napoleon, 7:00 p.m.Versailles at Celina, 7:30 p.m.Elida at Delphos St. John’s, 7:30 p.m.Coldwater at Kenton, 7:30 p.m.Ottawa-Glandorf at Oak Harbor, 7:00 p.m.Shawnee at Marion Local, 7:30 p.m.Sidney at St. Marys, 7:30 p.m.Bryan at Van Wert, 7:30 p.m.Wapakoneta at Bellefontaine, 7:30 p.m.Upper Scioto Valley at Ada, 7:30 p.m....

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Titans look to contend in WBL

OTTAWA – When a football team graduates 15 letter winners, it usually means a rebuilding season is on the horizon.Not for Ottawa-Glandorf.Over the years, O-G has found ways to reload. This season shouldn’t be any different.The Titans went 6-4 in 2013 (5-4 Western Buckeye League). Lost from graduation are nine starters, five on offense and four on defense.Despite losing several key players from last year’s squad, O-G does return 21 ...

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Recker optimistic in Year 3 at Van Wert

VAN WERT – There’s a difference between hope and optimism.In his third year at the helm for Van Wert, Keith Recker seems to be entering the 2014 season with genuine optimism rather than just hoping his team can make something happen.The optimism comes from a myriad of positive sources.This year, the Cougars are predominantly seniors and juniors as opposed to underclassmen. The team speed is eye-catching. The team has a better grasp on the offense. ...

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Top 10 Players to Watch in 2014

JUNIEL LILES(5-7, 170, Senior)Lima Senior Running backThe Lima Senior offense was remodeled last year to feature a wide-open passing game. But it was the running ability of Liles that was at the heart of it all.Liles ran for 1,478 yards on 227 carries with 18 TDs. He also caught 18 passes for 204 yards and three TDs. His explosive ability to make defender...

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Perry looks to offensive line

PERRY TOWNSHIP – There is one statistic which Perry head coach Jesse Kill knows his Commodores must fix if they want to achieve their goal of making the state playoffs for the first time in school history.Kill, entering his fourth season at Perry, is well aware that the Commodores have started the season 0-4 each of his first three seasons.There are signs that Perry may be able to turn those playoff-killing starts around this season.The biggest sign is t...

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St. John’s: Power out, option in

DELPHOS – For years, Delphos St. John’s would run the power sweep. Then, it would run it some more.And with running backs like tailback Tyler Jettinghoff and fullback Luke MacLennan, why not?Jettinghoff ran for 1,620 yards last year with 29 TDs. MacLennan ran for 908 yards and seven TDs.Both have graduated.So, at least for this year, the power sweep is gone.In its place will be more option football. The Blue Jays have replaced...

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Delphos Jefferson will turn to committee of running backs

DELPHOS — First year head coach Chris Sommers wants the Wildcats to be physical as they try to follow up a successful 2013 campaign.Delphos Jefferson plans to replace the graduated running back Zavier Buzard (1,792 yards, 32 touchdowns) with a committee of junior Dalton Hicks and sophomore Hunter Binkley at fullback, while juniors Adam Rode and Mike Cline will man the halfback position.“We will operate out of the Wing-T and plan to run the ball often,” ...

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RIDGEMONTDIVISION: VIICOACH: Mike EversoleSEASONS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: 3rd, 7-13RETURNING LETTERMENT: 24RETURNING STARTERS: Justice McGue (Sr.), Ryan Johnson (Sr.), Trevor Sparks (Sr.), Corey Eversole (Jr.), Cole Weyant (Jr.), Levi Allen (Jr.), Cameron Smith (Soph.), Cade McKinley (Soph.), Trenton Sparks (Soph.), Nathan Stacklin ...

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Hardin Northern

HARDIN NORTHERNCOACH: Mike DennisYEARS AT SCHOOL: 1st yearLAST YEAR’S RECORD: 0-1 varsity, 4-6 JVDIVISION: VIIRETURING LETTERMEN: 12RETURNING LETTERMEN: Storm Drumm (Sr., WR/DB), Bradlee Watts (Soph., WR/DB), Preston Ribley (Jr., RB/DB), Andrew Stump (Soph., RB/LB), Wes Schlatter (Jr., RB/LB), Blake Obenour (Jr., ...

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Spencerville will reload its Wing-T attack

SPENCERVILLE — Most coaches would talk about a rebuilding year if their team lost two 1,000-yard rushers to graduation.Spencerville’s John Zerbe will have none of that, however.The Bearcats were led by the 1,000-yard tandem of Anthony Schuh and Colten Miller. While those weapons are now gone, Zerbe feels he has some new weapons.“We have 12 starters back,” Zerbe said. “I feel we have kids who can step in but just haven’t seen...

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NWC Forecast

1. CRESTVIEW. The Knights have nine starters back on offense and defense from the team that got the school’s first playoff win.2. ADA. Freshman Seth Conley will start at quarterback in the Bulldogs’ pass-dominated offense. He will have returning starters at four of the five offensive line positions in front of him, which should make the transition smoother.3. BLUFFTON. Robbie Stratton, a two-way first-team Al...

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Enthusiasm high at Allen East

HARROD – Allen East is coming off a 4-6 season (2-6 in the Northwest Conference) and is looking to take it to the next level in 2014.“We only have 13 returning letter winners,” Allen East coach Mike Abbey said. “But, a lot of those guys played on both sides of the ball. We have to replace Ross Stewart our fullback. We have a couple guys vying for that spot. So, that’s probably the main spot we have to fill.”Last season, Stewart was a w...

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Big things possible for Knights

CONVOY – Crestview traveled to a new frontier last season.For the first time the Knights reached the second round of the playoffs.Crestview is aiming for more this season.And why not?The Knights return nine starters on offense and nine more on defense from a squad that went 9-3 (6-1 Northwest Conference tri-champions).Crestview knocked off Lima Central Catholic in the opening round of the playoffs, 48-35. But in the second round, th...

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Columbus Grove aiming to improve at finishing games

COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove was extremely young and inexperienced last season. The result was a number of losses in which it either led, or were close, entering the fourth quarter.“We really progressed as the season went on,” Bulldogs head coach Andy Schafer said. “We must find a way to get over the hump in those close games.”Both the Columbus Grove offense and defense will be keyed by senior Joey Warneke from his running back and lineba...

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Business as usual for Ada

ADA – A year ago, Bob Olwin took over an Ada football team that had gotten quite comfortable at scoring points, winning games and making the postseason.Nothing changed.Olwin’s Bulldogs went 9-4 overall and zipped all the way to the Division VI regional finals on the strength of a punishing defensive front and an offense that jelled as the season went on.Heading into the 2014 campaign, it seems to be business as usual for Ada.

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