March 3rd, 2014
WAPAKONETA — The New Knoxville starting five left the floor and had a group hug on the bench with time to spare in the fourth quarter, a prospect that didn’t seem likely when two of the best teams in Division IV squared off.
Prepared for a battle between two of the top teams in the Midwest Athletic Conference, the New Knoxville girls basketball team instead steamrolled to a district title with a 54-31 win over Minster at the Division IV tournament at Wapakoneta on Saturday night.
COLDWATER – The New Bremen boys basketball team’s comeback just came up short in the fourth quarter against the Spencerville Bearcats on Friday night in a 52-48 loss in a Division IV sectional final at Coldwater.
Marion Local defeated Fort Recovery and its four-corner offense for the second straight week 27-23 to win the sectional title.
New Bremen battled adversity all night, including losing leading scorer Carson Manger, who scored 15 points, to fouls with six minutes left in the game.
LIMA — Late in the fourth quarter on Friday night, the prodigious high school basketball career of Elida guard and future Purdue Boilermaker Dakota Mathias and the expectation-laden season of top-seeded Elida were in danger of ending at the hands of an upstart St. Marys boys basketball team that refused to die.
ST. MARYS — Scammers are using a new technique that one local law enforcement official says is aimed at making their tactics appear legit.
Mary L. Niemeyer, 85, of 08816 Washington Pike, Wapakoneta died at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at her residence following a short illness.
She was born on Feb. 23, 1929, in Lima, the daughter of John and Dorothy (Fike) Rohr.
She married Robert Niemeyer on Nov. 7, 1949, and he survives at the residence.
She is also survived by her four children, Debra (David) McFeely, of Fort Loramie; Dale (Barb) Niemeyer, of New Knoxville; Dana Niemeyer, of Wapakoneta; Darren (Tracy) Niemeyer, of Wapakoneta.
WAPAKONETA — The New Knoxville and Minster girls basketball teams will meet for a Division IV district title after both earned double-digit wins over their opponents from the east on Thursday night at Wapakoneta.
New Knoxville held the Ada Bulldogs to just seven second-half points and won its 18th straight game in a 50-20 victory to start the night. Haley Horstman scored 13 points and Paige Lehman added 12 points with a 4 of 4 night from both the floor and the free throw line. Meg Reineke scored nine points for the Rangers.
NEW BREMEN — An 18-year-old Mercer County man was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a robbery that took place near New Bremen this week.
On Thursday afternoon, investigators obtained information about an individual who may be involved in a robbery at a residence west of New Bremen along Amsterdam Road Wednesday afternoon. Detectives followed up with information provided by residents of Auglaize and Mercer counties. Additional information revealed the individual was in the Hamilton area with the stolen vehicle.
CELINA — Trevin Sanders faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after admitting to his role in the November 2011 murders of Robert and Colleen Grube.
During a change-of-plea hearing Thursday morning, Sanders, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts each of aggravated murder, with gun specifications, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, for his role in the Grube murders. In exchange for the guilty pleas, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fox agreed to dismiss 21 additional criminal charges against Sanders.
LIMA — St. Marys head basketball coach Dan Hegemier laid out the blueprint for a tournament upset to his team just minutes after his Roughriders advanced in the tournament with a 64-58 win over Shawnee on Tuesday night and No. 14 Elida looming.
“I just told the guys in the locker room that I’ve been doing this awhile and I’ve beaten some good teams in the tournament and I’d like to do it again,” Hegemier said. “But you can’t be indecisive, you have to be confident, you have to play hard and you have to play together.”
COLDWATER — The New Bremen Cardinals had help from their bench and managed a second half comeback to defeat the New Knoxville Rangers 49-45 Tuesday in the first game of the Division IV sectional tournament held at the Palace in Coldwater.