Elida Hall of Fame welcomes Sroufe, McGraw and Billiter


First Posted: 1/5/2015

ELIDA — Raymond Sroufe, Jenni McGraw and Chrissy Billiter will be inducted into Elida High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 17.

The ceremony will include a 1 p.m. luncheon and introduction of the inductees at the boys basketball game that night against Archbold at the Elida Fieldhouse.

Sroufe, a 1959 graduate, earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track.

He was a member of a baseball team that made it to the state championship game and pitched a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts against Lafayette. He was first-team All-City and second-team All-Allen County in basketball and played every position but tackle during his football career.

McGraw, a 1992 graduate, played basketball and softball. She had 993 career points and was first-team all-Western Buckeye League and third-team all-Ohio in basketball.

She was the Lima Player of the Year. She went on to score 1,497 points in her career at the University of Findlay.

Billiter, a 1995 graduate, played basketball, volleyball and softball. She is the career scoring leader at Elida in basketball with 1,875 points. She was first-team all-Ohio and a four-time first-team all-WBL selection. She was first-team all-WBL twice in volleyball and softball.

She went on to play four years at Bowling Green State University. She is currently co-coach of Elida’s girls basketball team and has coached basketball and softball at the junior high level.

Tickets to the luncheon honoring the inductees cost $20 and are available at the high school activities office.

Saints sack leader Galette arrested in domestic disturbance

KENNER, La. — New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette has been arrested in a domestic violence case in which a woman says her face was scratched and her ear bloodied after an earring was ripped off.

Police say Galette is being booked on misdemeanor simple battery stemming from the disturbance at the player’s house. Prosecutors could later charge him. It is not clear if Galette has a lawyer.

Police spokesman Lt. Brian McGregor says officers arrested Galette after a 22-year-old woman called. The woman alleges that Galette and cousin Terrance Banks forcibly removed her from the home when she demanded cab fare. Banks also has been arrested.

The Saints say they are aware of the arrest and are gathering information.

The 26-year-old player is the team’s sacks leader.

Oregon, Ohio, clarifying its allegiance

TOLEDO — The Ohio city of Oregon is adding a twist to its name and declaring its allegiance to its home state Buckeyes as they face the Oregon Ducks in college football’s championship game next week.

The mayor of the Toledo suburb announced Monday that the city will be known over the next week as “Oregon, Ohio: Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters.”

The move comes after a petition called for the Ohio city to make a temporary name change in honor of the Buckeyes. City leaders decided against dropping its name entirely while also declaring it will be “The Ohio State Buckeye Week.”

Mayor Mike Seferian said he looked into the history of the city’s name and found it goes back to 1838, when the area became Oregon Township — well before the state of Oregon got its name in 1859.

Both got their names from the Oregon territory in the Pacific Northwest.

They also thought the city’s high school should temporarily change its colors from green and yellow, the colors of the other Oregon.

Ohio State and Oregon will play in the first College Football Playoff championship game next Monday at AT&T Stadium in Texas.

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