October 22nd, 2012
Norma Jean Smith, 79, of 14 Defiance Commons, Wapakoneta, died at 4:07 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Feb. 16, 1933, in Auglaize County, near New Knoxville, the daughter of Raymond and Viola (Klute) Wierwille, and they preceded her in death.
LIMA — Gancalo Branco kicked in the overtime golden goal, lifted a finger to his mouth almost as if to silence any fears that the score New Knoxville gave up in the closing minutes of regulation would be too big an emotional hurdle to overcome and then was mobbed near midfield on the turf at Lima Stadium.
The New Knoxville boys soccer team bounced back from losing a late lead in regulation to clinch a 2-1 sudden-victory in overtime over Fort Jennings in a Division III sectional final on Saturday.
VAN WERT — The St. Marys football team knew Van Wert would stick to the ground game after rain made for another sloppy track.
Even with the Riders keyed to stop him Van Wert's Caleb Lloyd ran at will anyways, helping to hand St. Marys a 26-6 loss at Eggerss Stadium in a battle of teams that came into Friday night without a win.
VERSAILLES — Minster quarterback Adam Niemeyer connected with Ethan Wolf on a five-yard touchdown with 31 seconds left in the game to give Minster a thrilling 20-14 win over Versailles on Friday night.
Minster got the ball with 1:39 left in the game and Niemeyer led the Wildcats down the field for the game-winning drive that boosts Minster’s chances of a home playoff game in Week 11.
Driving and tied 14-14, Minster didn’t settle for a game-winning field goal attempt.
DELPHOS — The New Bremen Cardinals had the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays right where they wanted them at halftime, leading 3-0.
But the Blue Jays came back with 34 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Cardinals 34-3 Friday night at Stadium Park in Delphos.
Photos: New Bremen at Delphos St. John's Football (Staff Photos by John Zwez)
High School Football
Van Wert 26, St. Marys 6
O-G 56, Bath 14
Elida 32, Celina 9
Kenton 42, Defiance 32
Wapakoneta 49, Shawnee 22
CELINA — A local organization is turning toward green energy to help with its power costs.
The Auglaize/Mercer Counties Family YMCA has teamed up with Solar Planet for the installation of solar panels on the facility’s property. The project, which has no cost to the YMCA for installation or maintenance, is expected to produce 521,680 kilowatts of energy per year for the YMCA.
ST. MARYS — Around Memorial High School, Steven Axe is known for his upbeat attitude and positive outlook.
“I’m considered to be a little outlandish,” the senior told The Evening Leader. “I don’t try to fit in. A lot of people think I’m weird, and it’s true.”
When he’s not in class or joking with his classmates, Axe is involved in golf and FCA. He is also heavily involved in DECA, a club that has brought Axe some of his favorite high school memories.
“Leader Look Back” is a collection of stories and headlines from 75, 50 and 25 years ago this week. This week’s edition examines stories from Oct. 16-22, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: The St. Marys Roughriders blanked the Coldwater Cavaliers 20-0 in football action.
There were 18 births and 15 deaths recorded in Auglaize County in September.
Marcella J. Grim, 85, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.
She was born on Oct. 4, 1927, in St. Marys, to Ed and Mary (Goodwin) Stoker, and they preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John Grim of Ossian; her children, Carol (Alan) Hunter of Garrett, Michael (Ellie) Grim of Auburn, Susan (Roger) Boyd of Portland; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers; a sister.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Ossian.