November 20th, 2011
Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
Delphos St. John's (10-3) vs. Marion Local (11-2) at Wapakoneta's Harmon Field
Berlin Center Western Reserve (13-0) vs. New Washington Buckeye Central (11-2) at Massillon
Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Coldwater (10-3) vs. Hicksville (11-2) at Lima Stadium
WAPAKONETA -- Adam Bertke learned the hard way about letting an interception snowball 12 weeks ago.
Bertke threw three costly interceptions in the second half of the Flyers Week 1 13-7 overtime loss to Lima Shawnee. Marion Local head coach Tim Goodwin even pulled Bertke from that game.
That benching and that lesson carried over.
WAPAKONETA -- Forced to abandon its usually-reliable running game against a Marion Local opponent that is no stranger to late November playoff football, the Minster Wildcats' postseason run came to an end in the Division VI regional title game for the second straight season.
Marion Local dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and used a touchdown on the final play of the first half as a springboard to a 28-0 win over Minster on Saturday night at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.
Marion Local 28, Minster 0
Delphos St. John's 28, Leipsic 20
FINDLAY -- Delphos St. John's intercepted a Leipsic pass as it was driving towards a potentially tying score late and the Blue Jays staved off Leipsic 28-20 in the Division VI Region 22 championship game at Donnell Stadium on Saturday night.
DSJ quarterback Mark Boggs threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns
Elbert L. Baird, 88, of 11309 Bobwhite Lane, St. Marys, died at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1923, in Old Washington, to Charles M. and Vera A. (Boyd) Baird, and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by two stepsons, James J. Hammann of Iowa Falls, Iowa, and Joseph P. Hammann of Tipp City; two nephews, Charles (JoAnn) Baird of Old Washington and Mervin (Barbara) Baird of Old Washington; numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.
Eileen M. Bortner, 73, died on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at her home in Auburn.
She was born on March 14, 1938, in New Bremen, to Adrian and Helen (Brewer) Greber, and they preceded her in death.
On June 24, 1989, in Churubusco, she married Jack W. Bortner, and he survives in Auburn.
ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man convicted of murder has filed an appeal in his case.
Gordon W. Diggle III, who was convicted in April of murdering Steven Casad on Sept. 8, 2010, has appealed his conviction to the Third District Court of Appeals in Lima. Diggle was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on murder, felonious assault and aggravated robbery charges.
According to online court documents, merit briefs on behalf of Diggle were due to the court on Tuesday. A date for oral arguments in front of the panel of judges has yet to be set.
ST. MARYS — Tri Star Career Compact students of the Skills USA Club donated more than 3,800 items Friday afternoon to Agape Food Pantry as a part of the school’s annual donation.
Agape Director Kathy Bayless said the food will feed approximately 14,000 area residents in need.
“The need this year is so great,” Bayless said.
Bayless said this year, 21 area families have been homeless, and the need for food at Agape Food Pantry is great. She told the students their donation will make an impact on the lives of area residents.
ST. MARYS — Despite an increase in income tax collections in October, the city of St. Marys still lags behind last year’s totals.
For the month of October, the city collected $374,039.37 in income taxes — approximately $11,000 more than the $362,461.17 it collected during the same period in 2010. The figure also surpassed the $294,590.60 it collected in 2009 and the $297,333.48 it collected in 2008.
Friday Night's Local Games
Elida 37, Eastmoor Academy 10
WAPAKONETA — Elida sacked Eastmoor Academy nine times and a fumble recovery in the final 30 seconds of the first half helped lift the Bulldogs to a 37-10 win over Archie Griffin's alma mater in a Division III Regional Championship game at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta on Friday night.