February 14th, 2014
“Put on a hat!” St. Marys boys basketball coach Dan Hegemier bellowed out at Nathan Wilker as the junior exited Memorial High School after a 67-59 win against the defending Division III state champ Ottawa-Glandorf.
It was the most forceful instruction Hegemier had to give out Friday night. As the St. Marys boys basketball team gains confidence, Hegemier can do less steering and let his athletes do their thing on the court.
The Roughriders improvised their way to a fourth straight win by answering every O-G rally with one of their own.
Feb. 15: Sign ups for St. Marys Little League Baseball will be held from 10 a.m. to noon today at Albert Sporting Goods or by visiting https://st-marys-national-little-league.sportssignup.com.
Feb. 16: A free community dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the ROC, 702 E. Spring St., St. Marys.
By BRIAN SMITH
ST. MARYS — Jared Knous, who played all over the field for the St. Marys Roughriders and became the worst nightmare for every Western Buckeye League quarterback during his senior season — will now move on to the next level.
Knous announced on Tuesday he will play college football at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne.
50 Years Ago This Week – 1964
Fifty years ago this week in 1964, the New Knoxville Rangers and New Bremen Cardinals both moved on to the second round of the Auglaize County Boys’ Basketball tournament with a pair of victories over intra-county foes.
The Rangers upended Wapakoneta St. Joe 75-44, while New Bremen knocked off Buckland by a final of 38-29.
OAK HARBOR — St. Marys junior Madison Taylor is returning to Canton and the Grand Lake St. Marys area dominated the top of the podium at the Division II girls district diving competition at Oak Harbor on Wednesday.
Taylor finished second and will make her second straight trip to the state competition. Taylor scored a 368.15, finishing behind only Celina’s Sawyer Weitzel and her 375.15 score. Taylor finished 15th in the state at last year’s state meet.
Lynn E. Wibbeler, 56, of 03251 Clover Four Road, New Bremen, died at 6:27 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, following an extended illness.
She was born on April 25, 1957, in St. Marys, the daughter of Melvin and Velma (Bohannon) Hamp.
She married Gregg Wibbeler on Jan. 4, 1985, and he survives at the residence.
She is also survived by two daughters, Kara (John) Timm of Rockvale, Tenn; Liza (Andrew) Richardson of St. Marys; by two grandchildren, Chase Timm and Kaya Richardson and by numerous nieces and nephews.
CELINA — Officers from the Celina Police Department responded to a residence at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of North Sugar Street on a report that a male had fired a handgun inside the house.
Celina police officers and Mercer County Sheriff's deputies established a perimeter around the residence when they arrived to ensure the safety of residents in the area. The male had left the residence before officers arrived.
Feb. 12: Preschool Story Time will be held at 11 a.m. today for 3 to 5-year-olds at St. Marys Community Public Library.
FJ Stallo Memorial Library will be showing a classic movie at 1 p.m. today. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Adults only please.
Lego Club will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at St. Marys Community Public Library for grades K-5.
The St. Marys Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. today.
The New Bremen Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. today.
Ralph W. Smith Jr., 83, of 1704 Fenway Court in St. Marys, died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born on Sept. 10, 1931 in Neptune, to Ralph and Nora (Rutledge) Smith Sr.
On Aug. 20, 1982, in Wapakoneta, he married Betty J. Jones, who survives.
NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Rangers did everything in their power to help Paige Lehman get 1,000th point with the game already well in hand on Monday night.
The persistence paid off. Lehman knocked down a free throw to score the 1,000th point of her career in the waning seconds of the Rangers’ 44-22 win over St. Henry.
Lehman had 12 of the 17 points she needed to reach the milestone at the half on 6 of 8 shooting, but the Redskins made it tough on the Ranger senior by packing the paint with a zone defense in the second half.