Baker resigns as Perry varsity football coach


By Staff Reports - sports@limanews.com



PERRY TOWNSHIP — Commodores varsity football coach Dan Baker has announced his resignation.

“With a heavy heart and after much thought and deliberation, I have resigned as head football coach in order to pursue other coaching opportunities,” Baker announced on Twitter. “This allows me to focus on the next step of my journey while leaving the school/program in the best spot and with plenty of time to hire the next head football coach. I’d like to publicly thank the administration, school board, community and the players from Perry High School for the opportunity and their support these last three years. I am beyond proud of what we have accomplished together.”

In Baker’s three seasons, Perry went 20-9, recording the school’s first two Northwest Central Conference championships and the first playoff victory. The Commodores also had 49 All-NWCC, 18 All-Northwest Ohio and five All-Ohio player selections.

Baker, whose accolades include being named the Northwest District Division VII co-coach of the year and NWCC coach of the year in 2019, called it “a testament to the hard work that these young people have been willing to put in.

“Every player I’ve coach will be someone that I will always consider to be a part of my family. Now it is time for me to do what I have talked to each of those players about daily, ‘challenge yourself and chase your dreams and climb the peak.’”

Girls basketball

Van Buren 76,

Hardin Northern 37

DOLA — Maddie Grappy had 15 points and six rebounds and Bella Wilson scored nine for Hardin Northern.

Crestview 46, Ottoville 36

OTTOVILLE — Bailey Gregory, Cali Gregory and Olivia Cunningham each had 11 points for Crestview. Tori Thomas had 12 points and Nicole Knippen scored seven for Ottoville.

Sherwood Fairview 68, Continental 29

CONTINENTAL — Maddie Burke had 13 points and Catelyn Etter score seven for the host Pirates.

Riverdale 39, Ada 26

MT. BLANCHARD — Courtney Sumner had 15 points for Ada.

Paulding 60, Wayne Trace 56

HAVILAND — Janae Pease (18), Sadie Estle (12) and Audrey Giesige (11) each scored in double digits for Paulding.

St. Marys 55, Delphos St. John’s 35

ST. MARYS — The Roughriders built a 31-18 halftime advantage. Noelle Ruane had 14 points and Haley Felver scored 11 for St. Marys. Page Gaynier led DSJ with 17 points.

Van Wert 48, Spencerville 42

VAN WERT — Sofia Houg ad 19 points and Jaylyn Rickard scored nine for the host Cougars. Emma Leis had 21 points and Gillian Goecke scored 12 for Spencerville.

Leipsic 67, Fort Jennings 25

LEIPSIC — Ava Henry, Marisa Hermiller, Liz Scheckelhoff and Whitney Langhals each had 11 points and Jocie Hermiller scored 10 for the Vikings. Reilly Fitzpatrick scored 13 for the Musketeers.

Delphos Jefferson 55, Cory-Rawson 27

DELPHOS — Josie McGue had 11 points and Alycia Lindeman scored 10 for the host Wildcats.

Other scores

Columbus Grove 53, Hamler Patrick Henry 40; Delphos Jefferson 55, Cory-Rawson 27; Ft. Recovery 72, Blackford, Ind. 30; Sherwood Fairview 68, Continental 29; St. Marys 55, Delphos St. John’s 35; Sunbury Big Walnut 71, Kenton 53; Van Wert 48, Spencerville 43.

Boys basketball

Antwerp 40, Ottoville 38

ANTWERP — Ottoville recovered from an 8-3 deficit at the end of the first quarter to gain a 20-19 halftime lead. Antwerp, trailing 30-28 entering the fourth quarter, outscored the Big Green 12-8 to earn the win.

Josh Thorbahn had 13 points and William Miller scored nine for Ottoville.

Botkins 56, Minster 52

BOTKINS — Justin Nixon (16), Johnny Nixon (15) and Brady Hoelscher (11) each scored in double digits for Minster. Jacob Pleiman had 31 points and Jayden Priddy scored 14 for Botkins.

Lincolnview 65, Upper Scioto Valley 52

MCGUFFEY — The Lancers outscored USV 16-7 in the third quarter after the game was tied at 30 at halftime. Collin Overholt (18), Creed Jessee (14), Aaron Cavinder (13) and Clayton Leeth (11) each scored in double digits for Lincolnview. Connor Sanders had 14 points and Jackson Rohrs and Drew Stephens each scored 11 for USV.

New Knoxville 67, Waynesfield-Goshen 58 (OT)

WAYNESFIELD — Patrick Covert and Carson Bierlein each had 16 points and Max Henschen scored 15 for the visiting Rangers. Layton Campbell and Za’mere Daniel each had 17 points and Hyatt Kaufman and Jayden Elliott each scored 11 for W-G.

Other scores

Kalida 53, Pandora-Gilboa 22; Lima Central Catholic 56 Bath 52; Benjamin Logan 77 Kenton 55

Wrestling

Grove wins twice

DELPHOS — Columbus Grove defeated Jefferson 54-29 and St. John’s 66-18. Landen Schroeder (152 pounds) and Ezra Jones (195) each recorded a pair of pins.

Boys bowling

Versailles 2,744, Celina 2,666

Alex Lehman had the high game (245) and two-game series (363) for Celina.

Coldwater 2,922, Lincolnview 2,126

Trent Berkenstock had the high game (233) and Carter Bertke had the high series (416) for Coldwater.

Girls bowling

Celina 2,449, Versailles 1,999

Audree Gray had the high game (201) and two-game series (383) for Celina.

Coldwater 2,480, Lincolnview 1,654

Julie Bertke had the high game (204) and Alison Fox had the high series (355) for Coldwater.

Colleges

All-HCAC

CARMEL, Ind. — The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tom Bohlsen Academic fall honorees have been announced.

Among those honored for Bluffton University were volleyball players Jessica Lovell, Remi Bower, Chelsey Taylor, Alana Holsapple, Noel Ufferman, Pandora-Gilboa grad Kayla Ferguson, Ottawa-Glandorf grad Brooke Kleman, Paulding grad Cassidy Posey, Cassie Mladek, Bath grad Caitlyn Renner and Courtney Weekley, men’s cross country runners Britton Boyle and Max Chandler, football players Will Hall, Columbus Grove grad Brady Hauenstein, Cade McClellan, Wes Melanson, Zach Nobis, Issac Paine and Delphos Jefferson grad Brady Welker, women’s golfers Grace Branson. Abby Bullion, Haley Gill, Marissa Hall, St. Henry grad Elizabeth Rockwell and Kallie Smith, men’s soccer players Sergio Alvarez, Dru Arrasmith, Jackson Heffernan, Evan Hill, Maxwell Kennedy, Jacob Kiger, Maximilian Pierce and Patrick Spillman and women’s soccer players Madison Baker, Julia Gibson, Maddie Huffman, Abigail Newkirk, Cory-Rawson grad Caroline Schutz, Taylor Steinke, Sienna Sullivan, Lima Senior grad Tajah Upshaw, Hannah Wagner and Ella Wiley.

Shawnee grad Brianna Snider (women’s cross country and soccer) from Defiance College was also recognized.

All-conference selections have at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA and are varsity athletes. The cumulative GPA is the student-athletes GPA at the end of the semester preceding the end of the fall season. The student-athlete must have completed the equivalent of a full academic year and must be a full-time enrolled student at the institution to be eligible for the Academic All-Conference award.

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